AMD is has been falling behind in the CPU race as of late, with Intel Monopolizing on their Atom technology, used in the growing number of netbooks and small computing devices. Two new CPUs are set to be released next year that will hopefully live up to their code names “Bulldozer” and “Bobcat”. The former is going to compete in the higher performance market, such as severs and desktop PCs, while the latter will be working its way into smaller devices such as Netbooks and tablets. The “Bobcat” is just what AMD needs to pull ahead in this market as portable computers show no sign of becoming less popular with the masses; it’s pitched as having 90 percent of the performance of current-gen, K8-based mainstream chips, AMD’s new mobility core will require “less than half the area and a fraction of the power” of its predecessors.
Next year looks to be very promising for AMD if these new chips live up to their promise, though they are set to come out next year, and Intel can have a surprise up their sleeve still. AMD brand is getting stronger now though as they work on phasing out all mention of ATI in their GPUs.