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AMD\ s Project Skybridge brings device fight to Intel.

AMD has added fresh ammo to its fight with Intel following the unveiling of 'Project Skybridge', which gives the chip maker a chance to offer OEMs and ODMs options in hybrid notebook space.

Both AMD and Intel are fighting

ARM-based device makers, such as Qualcomm, for relevance in the tablet market

and two-in-one hybrid notebook space.

AMD Project Skybridge is an attempt to

bridge the gap between x86 and ARM chip architecture by creating a single

motherboard that would support either chip architecture and can run Windows,

Linux or Android.

AMD said Project Skybridge is a design

framework centred around a product family that supports a variety of vertical

opportunities -- including embedded systems, two-in-one devices, notebooks and even

micro-servers to help customers innovate and reduce time to market.

AMD also announced a roadmap of near-

and mid-term computing solutions that harness the best characteristics of both

the x86 and ARM ecosystems, called "ambidextrous computing." The cornerstone of

this roadmap is the announcement of AMD's 64-bit ARM architecture license for

the development of custom high-performance cores for high-growth markets.

"Before this annoucement, AMD was the

only company to deliver high performance and low-power x86 with leadership

graphics. AMD now takes a bold step forward and has become the only company

that can provide high-performance 64-bit ARM and x86 CPU cores paired with

world-class graphics," said Rory Read, AMD president and CEO. "Our innovative ambidextrous

design capability, combined with our portfolio of IP and expertise with

high-performance SoCs, means that AMD is set to deliver ambidextrous solutions

that enable our customers to change the world in more efficient and powerful


The market for ARM- and x86-based

processors is expected to grow to more than $85bn by 2017.

Project Skybridge creates a

one-socket-fits-all platform for PCs and embedded systems with a pin-compatible

processors design that can use either the x86 or ARM architecture.

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