Asus Announces AMD Geode-based Eee PC

The EeePC is the netbook that started it all. Earliest models boasted an underclocked Intel Celeron M CPU, which eventually gave way to the Atom that seems to rule all ultra portable computers these days. But with ARM and AMD releasing competitive products, the Atom is no longer alone in the market and even Asus is branching out.

Engadget reports that the recently announced Asus EeePC 1201K will pack AMD's Geode NX 1750 processor along with a SiS 741GX/966L chipset. Other than the AMD's brains, everything else is pretty bog-standard for a netbook; with 1GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a .3-megapixel webcam, a built-in memory card reader, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth2.1 + EDR, 2xUSB, VGA, a 12.1-inch display and Windows XP Home, there's nothing surprising here. Still, it's always nice to see a company other than Intel getting a look-in when it comes to the Eee line.

  • lauxenburg
    Geode?...I swore they discontinued that like 5 years
  • hootis8
    What is the speed of the processor?
  • Gin Fushicho
    How powerful IS the processor? I've never heard of Geode.
  • rembo666
    It's equivalent to Athlon XP 2600+. The CPU is significantly faster than Atom, but the SiS chipset sucks. I had this in my car computer and it ran Windows XP just fine, maybe a bit faster than an Atom system. However, my monitor had 800x480 resolution, so the dog-slow graphics chipset was not a big issue.
  • someguynamedmatt
    Ah, the Geode... long time since I've heard that... well, as long as it beats the Atom, which it does, then I'm happy. I'm always glad to hear AMD gaining market share where Intel previously ruled. Good for them. :)
  • mdillenbeck
    Branching out... except when it comes to offering alternatives to Windows on the OS. *sigh*
  • falchard
    What no 780g?
  • kronos_cornelius
    The 1201N has ION Graphics. To me, that is enough to steak with the Intel model. Once Fusion comes online, I'll revise my opinion.
  • ta152h
    Bog-standard? Is that a new term? I didn't know there was a type of bog that was considered standard. I'm still trying to imagine a deluxe bog.

    More importantly, does it have a matte screen or a mirror we men can use to shave with.
  • henrystrawn
    When my wife got her Acer netbook last year, I was very underwhelmed with it's performance. I hope that AMD can gets some efficient performance that will work for a decent tablet. She just got an Ipad for her birthday, and I am just waiting until a decent PC tablet hits the market. The most important thing is battery life. I have been waiting, somewhat patiently for the Asus 121 tablet. I love my Asus G72, but I can't venture too far from a power outlet.