AMD's 64-bit chips go mobile

AMD has unveiled two new low-power mobile processors designed for thin and light notebooks for the Middle East market. The new AMD Athlon 64-bit processors 2800+ and 2700+, offer 32-bit computing with transition to 64-bit applications and offer enhanced virus protection security features.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  May 6, 2004

AMD has unveiled two new low-power mobile processors designed for thin and light notebooks. The new mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor models 2800+ and 2700+ expand the the vendor’s existing AMD Athlon 64 processor family, offering 32-bit computing experience today for transition to 64-bit applications. These processors also offer an Enhanced Virus Protection security feature, to be enabled by the upcoming Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2. “AMD was the first to combine high-performance 32-bit computing with a 64-bit turbocharger in your backpack and on your desk. Now, thinner and lighter notebooks can be fueled with this same cutting-edge performance plus security enhancements to be enabled by the upcoming Windows XP SP2,” says Marty Seyer, VP and general manager, Microprocessor Business Unit, AMD. Like the existing AMD mobile processors, these new low-power chips, promise to extended system battery life enabled by AMD PowerNow! technology as well offer compatibility with current wireless solutions. Global PC vendor Acer is among the first suppliers to support the use of low-power mobile AMD Athlon 64 processors in a new Ferrari brand notebooks. Likewise, Chinese manufacturer Amoi Electronics Company is incorporating the mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor in a notebook. The new models will be available from Acer later this month, while Amoi expects to offer the new Va series notebooks during the second half of this year. “As the first Chinese OEM to announce development of a low-power mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor-based notebook, we expect to bring real benefits to our customers. With the latest high-performance processor, as well as a widescreen display in an attractive slim-and-wide form factor, they will provide mobile users with an exceptional, portable computing experience,” says Yale Guan, general manager of Amoi’s Information Technology Group. The chip vendor, which introduced its 64-bit architecture in 2003 The new low-power mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor models 2800+ and 2700+ are available immediately worldwide for thin and light mobile PCs. The low-power mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor models 2800+ and 2700+ are priced at US$241 and US$209, respectively in 1,000-unit quantities. AMD claims, that due to the reduced thermal design power and smaller, lidless packaging, notebooks equipped with the new chips will offer outstanding processing performance, 64-bit capability, HyperTransport technology for improved multi-tasking functionality and better virus protection.

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