To that end the company recently showed off a low-power 5W version of their C-50 APU. The dual-core chip had been previously announced as a netbook part with a TDP of 9W, which is comparable to Intelís Atom N550 (8.5W), only the C-50 comes with built-in Radeon HD graphics. AMD was able to cut back on power consumption by removing some of the capabilities of the memory controller - including support for higher capacities - and trimming the I/O capabilities to one port of each type. But the low-power C-50 APU will reportedly perform identically to its full-fledged counterpart.
According to X-bit Labs, Acer will be the first OEM to get its hands on the tweaked silicon for use in an upcoming Windows-based tablet, and it remains to be seen if other manufacturers will follow. Even 5W is still rather high for tablets but this might serve as a temporary solution until AMD's tablet specific (code-named Wichita) chips hit the scene sometime in 2012. Whether the x86 architecture catches on in the tablet market is another question.
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