AMD is preparing to release
the low-power Brisbane-based Athlon X2 they announced a while back, with the 22W TDP unit hopefully being available before the end of the year. The CPUs have been pushed back past their original release date, which was in November. The X2 3250e, despite having such a low power profile, is using the 65nm process.
The low power profile of the CPU makes it ideal for media centers or home theaters, which is one of the areas Intel is pursuing with the Atom. Clearly the Atom wins in terms of power consumption, but the 3250e would no doubt have a huge performance advantage over it. AMD's latest batch of products has proven to look very promising, and the 3250e is included in that. No details on price have been specified just yet.