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AMD ships faster Mobile Athlon 64

Speedier low-power XP-M, too

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AMD today rolled out a pair of mobile CPUs, one on the 64-bit high ground, the other on rather less elevated, 32-bit territory.

The Mobile Athlon 64 3400+ comes in at the top of AMD's 64-bit notebook-oriented line-up. The chip is available immediately, as is the new Low-power Athlon XP-M 2200+, which the chip maker also launched today.

The new CPUs are priced at $432 and $97, respectively. Neither introduction resulted in changes being made to the prices of other processors in their respective families.

AMD said it had already signed up Epson Direct and Alienware as 3400+ customers, while Averatec will ship a Tablet PC based on the XP-M part.

This quarter, AMD is expected to ship further low-power parts, specifically the Low-power Mobile Athlon 64 2800+ and 3000+. The former is believed to be a replacement for the existing 2800+ chip, based on a new core, called 'Oakville', with 512KB of L2 cache. Current LP Mobile Athlon 64s are based on the Odessa core.

AMD is also expected to offer a pair of low-power parts under its new 32-bit brand, Sempron: the 2600+ and 2800+. They too should ship in Q3. ®

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