AMD to stop working on Geodes

Carlos Nazareno object404 at
Tue Jan 27 19:35:53 EST 2009

it's the low power part that's very important here. it's the XO's
incredibly low power consumption that really sets it apart from any
other currently in production computer (excluding smartphones and

I'm not really familiar with the new processors from Intel
(silverthorne, diamondville) and Via's, but can they run at as low
power consumption as the Geode and provide the same (and if not
better) MHz bang for the consumption?

Do ARM processors do these things better than anything else on the
market right now? but then you lose the X86 compatibility and this
probably breaks things for cross-platform upstream contributions for
any deved/researched write-once-run-many apps/projects. (correct me if
I'm wrong, am just speculating because I'm not a CE and as well-versed
with computer architecture)

I've always loved AMD's cool and quiet technology and am pretty much
cursing the unrelenting power draw of my core2-quad desktop coz my UPS
battery life has gone down the drain and electric bill has spiked so
high since I replaced my lowly Sempron.

(I do have the need for speed for rendering)

As for games, can we just classify the XO in the same class as
current-gen smartphones horsepower wise and not market it as anything
other than that? That's pretty much how we're running the Flash Dev
for the XO project because that's exactly how the XO performs (and
it's a hell of a lot better than any smartphone in the market for
heavier mobile computing and education!)

On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 8:01 AM, Martin Langhoff
<martin.langhoff at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 12:04 PM, Carlos Nazareno <object404 at> wrote:
>> AMD sees no Geode chip replacement in sight
>> AMD on Monday said it has no replacement for the aging Geode low-power
>> chips that are used in netbooks and set-top boxes.
> This has been relatively well known in the industry for a while. It
> means they'll keep cranking more Geodes if you want to buy them, but
> there will not be a "next" Geode chip. Maybe they'll come out with
> another low-power cpu line sometime in the future, maybe not.
> Intel and Via are the most interesting options right now in this
> space, and both seem to be working on a "next" chip.
> PCWorld and friends are for the consumer market, so they are about a
> year behind on the news I'd say...
> cheers,
> m
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