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AMD's Deccan, Kerala Slated for Ultrabooks

AMD has reportedly made plans to launch the Deccan platform in 2012 followed by the Kerala platform in 2013, both aimed for the ultrabook-like form factor. The company is supposedly looking to increase its current 10-percent share of the global notebook CPU market by jumping into the new ultrabook craze.

According to reports, the company is slated to launch its Deccan platform in June 2012 which will feature 28-nm Krishna and Wichita-based APUs. It will then upgrade to the Kerala platform featuring Kabini-based APUs in 2013. However once AMD upgrades with the latter Kerala platform, the "extraordinary" improvement in overall performance and power consumption will supposedly put the company in a better position to compete with Intel's Ivy Bridge platform in 2012 and its Haswell platform in 2013.

On the traditional notebook front, the company has already launched its Llano-based Sabine platform to replace Danube. However, due to weak 32-nm yield rates and production issues stemming from Globalfoundaries, supplies of Llano APUs has been limited, which in turn may have an impact AMD's plans for the notebook market. Still, But AMD is pushing forward nonetheless with its Comal platform featuring Trinity-based APUs in 2012 followed by the Indus platform featuring Kaven-based APUs in 2013.

As for tablets, AMD is attacking the business sector this year with the Brazos platform and Windows 7. However by Q2 2012, AMD will launch the Brazos-T platform featuring Hondo APUs, and then the Samara platform in 2013.