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MSI Reveals AMD Ontario Tablet

The dual-core Ontario APU runs at 1 GHz and is rated at a thermal design power (TDP) of 9 watts. The APU also integrates a Radeon HD 6250 graphics core. Other specs include a 32 GB SSD, as well as ALS- and G-sensors

MSI plans to offer the configuration in its Windpad 110W, which has a 10.1-inch screen, as an option. The manufacturer previously introduced the device as an Android-powered tablet with Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor. The Windows 7 version includes an Intel Atom Z530 CPU (1.66 GHz).

Rumor has it that AMD CEO Dirk Meyer was fired because he did not turn the company fast enough into the wind to participate in the mobile processor market for tablets and smartphones. Sources at AMD, however, told us that there will be plenty of choices coming this year from the company even if AMD's APUs are somewhat a rare sight at CeBit. It is too early to say how competitive AMD's processors will be, but it is good to see that we are seeing signs of an even more dynamic processor race in those compact devices.