Originally Posted by Rookie1337
I like the sounds of this. Deliver the Linux drivers AMD and I will throw my money and anyone else's money at you.
Funny reading the comments about people complaining about the Atom (specifically N450). They sadly never got to see what the Atom could do because of Windows. I still don't get what Intel saw in even considering sticking with Windows for the Atom but they deserve the result...near extinction of a whole CPU design.
Come on AMD.
Linux was horrific on atom platforms. Half the time the atom models weren't even supported. The problem Intel did with atom, initially, and still today, is force distributors to use 1 GB of memory and these horrific HDDs. The moment you throw in 2-4 GB of memory and an SSD, they don't actually perform all that bad.
The second mistake was the iGPU performance; but given Intel's ULV Sandy and Ivy Bridge models, Atom can really start to be ditched. They already have SB/IB ULV in laptops under the 500 dollar range. The only thing AMD needs to do in order to compete with Intel in this sector is to greatly improve their CPU architecture which they seem to be accomplishing here. Their iGPU already performs similar, if not better, in support and performance of applications.
I'm glad to see that they are shifting back towards the more traditional route of designing around a sensible and ethically sound (engineering wise) approach to their CPU design. AMD made a huge mistake in bulldozer by making chips designed in mind for the future on future technologies that nearly took years to even be somewhat considered a standard years later. AMD needs to focus more on the now and less on fairy-tail technologies of the future. Not saying they shouldn't invest into such technologies, but they can make ends meet by meeting today's demands and keeping the future on the side; like how engineers typically operate. Problem solvers while being open minded.