AMD has upped up its battle with rival Intel for the portable PC market by introducing two new processors – a 64-bit microprocessor for notebook PCs and a low power chip that targets the ultraportable and convertible tablet PC market. These new chips are the AMD Athlon 64 3400+ and and Mobile Athlon XP-M 2200+. The upcoming Alienware Aurora m-64 notebook will feature the Athlon 64 3400+ chip and the Averatec 3500 Convertible Notebook Tablet PC features the new Athlon XP-M 2200+.
The Alienware Aurora m-64 will feature the latest AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Processor, release date is expected for the beginning of August
AMD’s new Athlon 64 3400+ is based on the chipmaker’s AMD64 chip architecture and supports 32-bit and 64-bit software. The microprocessor includes an antivirus function and is designed for Microsoft Windows-based notebook PCs. Notebook PCs built around the new chip are expected to appeal particularly to games players.
Alienware will be offering a notebook later this month that features the new AMD 3400+ chip and Japan’s Epson Direct is already offering a machine based on this processor.
AMD’s other new chip, the Mobile Athlon XP-M 2200+, is a low-power chip designed for use in thin and ultraportable laptops as well as tablet PCs. This new chip is already available in the new Averatec 3500 Notebook/Tablet PC convertible device.
The Averatec 3500 Notebook Tablet PC Convertible features the AMD Athlon XP-M 2200+
These new AMD chip releases come amid reports that Intel will postpone the launch of its new Pentium M line of chips called “Alviso” that Intel has described as “the lynchpin” of its new line for notebook computers. Intel has refused to confirm any delays with its next generation “Alviso” chipset, but if they’re true it will be the second time this year Intel has reported notebook chip problems. In January, Intel delayed the launch of a new Pentium M microprocessor after discovering a problem in its design.
In spite of the competition from AMD, particularly in Europe, Intel still dominates the portable market with an 85 per cent market share.