AMD prepping ultrabook rival

Chip manufacturer set to roll out ultrabook rival at CES

AMD looks set to muscle in on Intel's ultrabook platform, with plans to put its processors in a line of super-thin notebooks.

Speaking to The Australian (paywall), AMD's Australia/New Zealand boss Brian Slattery revealed that talks with an unnamed partner to create ultra-thin laptops were "particularly advanced" – so advanced that we might see the first designs at CES in January.

AMD will take a less hands-on approach towards ultrabooks than Intel, allowing manufacturers to "do what they want" with the APU and GPU, according to Slattery.

The CPU manufacturer is likely to use its Brazos 2.0 platform – so although AMD's ultrabooks may not measure up to Intel's Sandy Bridge in terms of performance, they should be cheaper.

Between that and the increased design freedom that AMD's offering to manufacturers, ultrabooks could be getting a lot more interesting in 2012.

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