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AMD rolls out mobile Athlon XP dozen

Barton-based chips debut

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AMD today got its mobile processor announcement out ahead of arch-rival Intel's by unveiling 12 mobile CPUs and four notebook manufacturers who've bought the parts.

The chips in question are members of the Athlon XP-M family: the 1400+, 1500+, 1600+, 1700+, 1800+, 2000+, 2200+, 2400+, 2500+ and 2600+. By our count, that's ten mobile processors - the missing two parts are 2400+ and 2500+ chips based on the Barton core and aimed at the mainstream market segment. The others are based on the Thoroughbred core.

The 1400+ to 1800+ are aimed at the 'thin and light' segment, AMD said, and represents the company's first foray into machines weighing 4lb or less. They are low voltage parts, built into micro-PGA packaging. The other chips are intended for beefier, full-size jobs in the mainstream and desktop replacement segments. There are full-voltage 1400+ to 1800+ parts available for these segments too.

All the Athlon XP-Ms are fabbed at 0.13 micron using a copper process. They support a 266MHz frontside bus. They all offer AMD's PowerNow power conservation technology.

Thoroughbred-based parts contain 128KB of L1 and 256KB of L2 cache. The Barton chips contain 128KB of L1 and 512KB of L2 cache.

The Thoroughbred parts are, however, something of a stop-gap. AMD claims Barton-based chips will be offered in all segments by "mid 2003".

Pricing for the Athlon XP-M (in 1000-unit batches) ranges from $71 to $147 for the low-voltage 1400+ to the 1800+, and $87 to $246 for the full-voltage 1400+ to 2600+.

OEMs who will ship machines based on the new parts include Epson Direct, Fujitsu Siemens, Sharp and HP. "AMD began shipping the processor in February and we expect OEM availability in March from Fujitsu Siemens in Europe, in April from Epson Direct in Japan, and from HP in the US in the first half of 2003. AMD expects additional availability at a later date," AMD said today. ®

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