Advanced Micro Devices today announced the official launch of its next-generation ‘Puma’ notebook platform. The new platform features ATI Radeon HD 3000 graphics and new AMD Turion X2 Ultra dual-core processors.
The new mobile platform is defined when a notebook has an AMD Turion X2 Ultra processor, ATI Radeon HD 3000 graphics, an AMD 7-series chipset, and an industry-leading wireless card.
AMD 7-series chipset
The new AMD 7-series chipset, M780G and SB700, feature integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics and have support for DirectX 10. AMD claims its integrated graphics have up to three times the performance of competitor’s solutions. The HD 3200 integrated graphics include ATI Avivo HD technology, which improves image viewing and video playback and offloads such work to the GPU, leaving the CPU free to perform other tasks.
AMD Turion X2 Ultra
The new AMD Turion X2 Ultra processor features new technologies including HyperTransport 3.0, a new mobile-optimized memory controller, and AMD Independent Dynamic Core Technology. Enhanced AMD PowerNow! technology provides independent and dynamic control of core performance; parts of the processor can be shut off when not in use to preserve power.
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 series
The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 is the fastest mobile graphics card produced to date by the company. It is built on 55nm technology and supports ATI CrossFireX mobile graphics technology.
The Mobility Radeon HD 3800 series has a 256-bit GDDR3 memory interface a PCI Express 2.0 interface. It supports Microsoft DirectX 10.1. and full 1080p Blu-ray video. Support for ATI Avivo HD Technology is included. 55nm manufacturing technology combined with ATI PowerPlay technology allows the HD 3800 to have high energy efficiency. ATI says the new series has an excellent performance-per-watt ratio and has a new design size to improve thermal characteristics.
The Mobility Radeon HD 3800 series has support for HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort, and has native support for up to four monitors. Notebooks with both integrated and dedicated graphics can benefit from ATI CrossFireX technology, which is a feature of ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology. It boosts graphics performance up to 70 percent by running the integrated and discrete graphics together.
Another new technology called ATI PowerXpress allows the notebook to use integrated graphics when on battery and turn off the discrete graphics card, saving up to an hour and a half of battery life.
New wireless technologies
AMD’s latest notebook platform includes cutting-edge wireless technology, including 802.11 draft-n and 3G from partners including Atheros, Broadcom, and Ralink.
New notebook designs based on the platform are available now from major notebook makers including Acer, Asus, Clevo, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, MSI, NEC, and Toshiba.