According to industry experts Geode’s demise was inevitable because the chip, in its current form at least, is too old for further development and AMD is certainly not in its best shape right now for a significant R&D investment to rival Intel and ARM in the embedded market. Indeed, the chipmaker will be better off focusing its efforts on the recently announced Neo processor, which is a part of the current Yukon mobile platform for lower cost thin and light notebooks.
AMD still says it plans to make this “very successful” processor available as long as there’s a market demand for it, though that shouldn’t be too long, and without an updated version of the Geode the OLPC will probably turn to another vendor to build its next-generation XO-2.
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