AMD Aims for the Cheap With AM1

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At a $60 price point and with a possibly confusing name scheme. Not to be confused with AMD’s older sockets, the new AM1 was designed solely to tackle markets in developing countries where high-end machines aren’t as common.

At the target $60, the Kabini-based package includes a CPU, GPU, and motherboard all together in a convenient… package. (batteries RAM sold separately). Naturally, there’s no guarantee manufacturers will actually stick to this exact price, but coming close wouldn’t hurt too much either; especially since peripherals, RAM, and the OS will most likely jack up the price even more.

Staying true to the commitment for developing countries however, the platform will support Windows XP (yes, even though Microsoft pulls the plug in April), a mainstay in other countries, and hold up to 16GB of DDR3. A chart that was leaked from VR-Zone indicated a maximum 25W power draw and Ars states that only up to PCI-e 2.0 is supported (which is fine really).

So what’s the point? well, it’s cheap, it runs older operating systems, it pulls minimum power, and it outperforms a Pentium 4. Also, if the $60 price sticks, it can be a compelling alternative to the Raspberry Pi. Launches April.

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Ars Technica