News Bits: New AMD Roadmap, Intel Adds Another IGP, MSI Polishes Wooden Laptop

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AMD roadmap shows new Turion, Athlon, Semprons

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AMD’s roadmap for 2008 has been revealed by, a German website. The new CPUs codenamed "Lion" are for the upcoming Puma platform. Two models, the AMD Turion 64 Ultra and Turion 64 dual-core have 2MB and 1MB of L2 cache respectively, and support DDR2-800 memory. Clockspeeds of the CPUs range from 2.0 to 2.4GHz, and TDP ranges from 32 to 35W. A single-core Athlon 64 chip is also on the roadmap, with 1MB of L2, DDR2-667 support, and a TDP of 31W.

The lower-end Sempron chips, codenamed "Sable", have 512kb of L2, clockspeeds starting at 2.0GHz, and a 25W TDP.

AMD claims the new processors optimize power more efficiently than their current processors. The company plans to start shipping the laptop halfway through 2008.

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Intel adds another IGP to Centrino 2

Intel has added another Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) to its Montevina notebook platform, the performance/mainstream GM47 model. It has built-in GMA X4500HD graphics like the GM45, but a faster core of 640MHz. It supports DirectX 10 and Shader Model 4.0, and will feature support for DVI, HDMI, and Display Port.

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MSI introduces Wind Laptop

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MSI has introduced a UMPC called the Wind. It is built on the Intel Shelton platform with a 10-inch display. It is available with processor speeds ranging from 1.0 to 1.6GHz, 2.5-inch hard drives or SSDs, and a claimed 7 hour battery life with Linux or Windows.

Price range is expected to be from €299 ($458) to €699 ($1072) depending on configuration. There is no information available on a release date.

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More new MSI notebooks at CeBIT

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MSI introduced several new notebooks at CeBIT, including the wood-clad GX620 pictured here. It is also available in a leather and carbon fiber finish. The GX620 features Turbo Battery technology to increase battery life up to 20%. MSI also introduced the 17-inch GX720, which is available in a black lacquer finish.

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TSA doesn’t know what a MacBook Air is

Apparently, a traveler was held up when his MacBook Air was taken aside because it was odd and ended up missing his flight. The TSA employee could not believe it was a laptop because it had no optical drive and no ports on the back. The traveler ended up being able to go through security after the notebook was explained to the employee by colleagues.

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