Atom has a smaller TDP, yet 2650e is not far behind
When it comes to power-efficient processors, Intel's Atom chip holds the crown. The chip has managed to take the lead on the low power market area, and it seems that it will continue to be the first at least in the near future, as there are no other CPUs to match its features. Although AMD announced its plans to release processors for the segment quite a while ago, it is only now that we see a low power processor inside a product on the market.
AMD's Athlon 2650e processor is the part we're talking about, a power efficient CPU that has been recently spotted on Circuit City in an eMachines eMD620-5133 notebook. Of course, this is a lower end notebook, yet its capabilities should match those of a netbook, which places the AMD chip on a close line with the Atom.
The eMachines eMD620-5133 is a 14.1-inch notebook powered by the 2650e, which also sports a RS690MC chipset. An ATI Radeon X1250 graphics provides nice graphics power, coupled with 2GB of DDR2 system memory and a 160GB hard disk drive. The mobile machine includes a range of other features as well, like 802.11g wireless LAN, DVD SuperMulti drive, and an entire series of software bundles.
The eMachines eMD620-5133 seems to be a rather attractive notebook at an affordable price. It goes for $529.98, but can be purchased for only $449 with a mail in rebate. And, overall, it is a power efficient mobile PC. The Athlon 2650e may have a TDP higher than Atom, yet the RS690MC it is paired with is compensatory.
After all, AMD seems to be on track with providing a power efficient processor that could go against Atom. As you already know, VIA is also moving forth with its Nano processor, and others would be interested in the market as well. The market segment of low-power low-cost mobile machines should see some competition soon.
The eMachines eMD620-5133 is listed here.
AMD Athlon 2650e in an Affordable Notebook