Acer Announces New 64-bit Notebook, HP and Asustek to Follow

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Notebook computers with 64-bit processors could become mainstream within one or two years, ushering the industry into a new era and heralding a new battle among leading notebook vendors, according to sources at Taiwanese notebook makers. Acer will soon release the Aspire 1500 in Europe and HP and Asustek will follow in the next few months with their own AMD Athlon 64 processor based notebooks.

Acer Aspire 1500: a 64-bit Athlon 64-based desktop replacement notebook, starting at 999

Acer has fired the second shot of this battle to release 64-bit notebooks by deciding to use Athlon 64 3000+ and 3200+ processors from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for its Aspire 1500 notebooks.  eMachines, which recently agreed to merge with Gateway, is the world s first PC maker to use the AMD mobile Athlon 64 processors for its notebooks, the M6805 and M6807 models.

The launch of the Aspire 1500 is aimed at helping Acer maintain its lead in European markets, the sources said. Acer is now second-largest notebook brand vendor in Europe where it has had strong growth via its Aspire 1300 notebooks, built using AMD s Athlon XP-M processor.

The impact of 64-bit notebooks on the market will become more significant when HP begins delivering its entry-level notebook models, built using the AMD mobile Athlon 64-bit processors, in the near future.  Notebook maker Asustek will also be rolling out its own branded 64-bit notebook using AMD’s mobile Athlon chip in the near future

Based on these moves by computer manufacturers, indications are that AMD has a good chance to take a slice of the world s PC chip market currently dominated by Intel.

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