AMD to bring competition to Intel’s ultrabook

Intel’s thin and light computing revolution that is the ultrabook is set to get more competitive, with AMD looking to bring its Fusion processors to the lightweight computer style.

Set to be powered by a new series of processors from AMD’s combined graphics and CPU processors – APU –  we’re hearing the new machines will be at least $100 cheaper than the Intel-powered equivalents.

Last year, AMD’s APU processors made headlines when it was announced the technology could bring as much as 11 hours of battery life to laptops, while still offering USB 3.0, HD video performance, 3D graphics, and up to four cores in a CPU.

AMD won’t be able to call these new laptops “ultrabooks,” however, as that name is owned by Intel. We’re not sure what the new breed of computers will be called, though we’re hearing the term “ultrathin” mentioned a lot.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard of this, with several manufacturers talking to us last year and suggesting that the thin and light cases developed for Intel ultrabooks could be reused for other purposes.

With the new line of ultrabooks on the way powered by Intel’s latest generation of processors – Ivy Bridge – these can’t be too far off.