competition..already it's low end notebook is a big online seller through emachines AMD could be releasing it's competitive atom chip this month... Atom vs. Athlon -- AMD Wins! `Tom’s Hardware’ found that the 1GHz Athlon 64 2000+, with its 8 watt power draw, bests the 1.6GHz Atom 230 -- both in terms of performance and energy consumed
You have gone from little, to NO credibility, blondie, and have simply turned into yet another of the blindly myopic AMD fans here, looking for any modicum of "good" news on AMD to post here.
from Tom's Hardware review:
Compared to Intel’s Atom, which runs at 1.6 GHz, the Athlon 64 2000+ is clocked at 1 GHz—60% lower. Despite this, the Athlon 64 outperforms the Atom in several benchmark tests as a result of its more efficient K8 architecture. In addition, the energy consumption of the entire system is lower, and that’s what really matters most.
HOWEVER: We tried to run an AMD Sempron LE-1100 at 1 GHz and 0.90 V, but it crashed due to instability. Either the Athlon 64 2000+ was a pre-selected CPU, or the Athlon core has undergone a different manufacturing process than the normal processors. However, the AMD Athlon 64 2000+ will be significantly more expensive to manufacture than the Atom processor because Intel had optimized its energy-saving model to lower production costs.
Not to mention, these are comparing DESKTOP systems, where the grand majority of Atoms are being sold in laptops with a competely different platform than tested here, which makes the power consumption comparison here MOOT!
Trust me toots, if it was as easy as cranking down an Athon to 1 Ghz and being much more powerful and consuming less power than an Atom, it would have already been done.
Perhaps you do not realize what Intel has done with the Atom. The Atom is so small they get 2500 dies of them from a wafer thus your claim that 300 to 400 full size 65 NM dies per wafer Athlon competes with the Atom's 2500 is way off base.
Add to the fact that the actual finished Atom chip has such a smaller socket size then Athlon and you would start realizing that comparing Atom to today's dual core AMD Athlon is not realistic.
Actually talking about Athlon taking on Atom today is funny when when AMD was spinning a modified OLPC notebook a few weeks ago as the Atom netbook killer. LOL Make up your mind!!!