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AMD launches Athlon 4, Duron mobiles

Recruits Compaq to the cause

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AMD today officially unveiled: its new name for the Athlon, the Athlon 4; two new mobile chips; amd Compaq as a customer for aforesaid mobile.

The Athlon 4 1GHz mobile CPU and its cheaper brother, the new AMD Duron mobile processor (available in two flavours) are both built using 0.18 micron copper technology in Dresden (last week crowned as the world's best semiconductor fab).
And they are claimed to have the best price/performance in their market segments... no doubt the hardware review sites will be testing this statement to the full over the next few days.

Here's the spec for The Athlon 4 1GHz mobile:

"A new lower power design for notebook computing, 384 KB of on-chip, full-speed cache with hardware data pre-fetch (256KB of on-chip level (L2) cache and 128 Kbytes of on-chip level (L1) cache), a superscalar floating-point unit...supports the advanced 200MHz AMD Athlon front-side bus"

And here is the spec for the new Durons:

"192KB of total on-chip cache and data pre-fetch, a high-speed 200MHz front-side bus, and a superscalar floating point unit with support for AMD's 3DNow! Professional technology."

Both new chips feature AMD's PowerNow! battery saving technology and support Socket A, in common with all AMD processors.

Socket A is "synonymous with stability and reliability, and provides a cost-effective migration to the latest technology for both commercial and consumer users," the company says in a statement.

Compaq is the first named customer for the new 1GHz AMD Athlon mobile, which will power notebooks in its consumer-focused Compaq Presario notebook line. Compaq will sell this direct through retail configure to kiosks, by phone, and by Web.

AMD's press release announcing the new CPUs implies that HP is also a customer for the new chips. It contains a nice puff from Hilary Glann, worldwide marketing director, HP Mobile Computing Division - but no commitment.

OEM prices (i.e. quantities of 1,000) for the mobile Athlon 4 mobiles are

  • 1GHz $425

  • 950MHz $350

  • 900MHz $270

  • 850MHz $240

The new mobile AMD Durons introduced today cost:

  • 850MHz $197

  • 800MHz $170

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