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Advanced Micro Devices will be more than a year after Intel Corp. with its quad-core microprocessors aimed at notebooks. The first quad-core chip for laptops from AMD will only emerge in 2010.

The first quad-core central processing unit (CPU) for notebooks in AMD’s line will be code-named “Champlain” and will be the base of the code-named “Danube” platform, AMD revealed at last week’s meeting with financial analysts. There are no details about the chip, but since the processor will only emerge sometime in 2010, it has good chances to be made using 32nm process technology.

Before the “Danube” platform emerges in 2010, AMD plans to release “Tigris” platform in 2009. The forthcoming platform will be based on dual-core code-named “Caspian” CPU manufacturing using 45nm fabrication process as well as next-generation RS880M+SB710 core-logic set.

It is interesting to note that both “Caspian” and “Champlain” microprocessors will be made in the same – socket s1 3rd generation – form-factor.

According to Jon Peddie Research analysts, desktop replacement notebooks for gamers are “showing strong gains”. Therefore, it is pretty regrettable that AMD decided not to introduce quad-core mobile microprocessors in 2009. Intel already has a quad-core processor for high-performance notebooks and the lineup is likely to expand next year.

While popularity of quad-core chips for mobile computers is unlikely to be high, the lack of appropriate option in AMD’s arsenal effectively means that the world’s No. 2 x86 chipmaker will not be able to compete against Intel in high-performance/desktop replacement laptop market segment.

Tags: AMD, Champlain, Danube, Tigris, Caspian, 45nm, 32nm


Comments currently: 2
Discussion started: 11/22/08 05:02:48 PM
Latest comment: 10/14/09 01:39:59 PM


Em... Can anyone explain to me why would you use a laptop for gaming?? I've never made any sense of that, mostly because if you get a powerful laptop to game, it weightes so much and consumes so much power is no longer portable, and if it's portable, usually hardware is crap for gaming.
0 0 [Posted by: Dreadnought  | Date: 11/22/08 05:02:48 PM]

I'm tired of companies badmouthing AMD. I don't see how AMD is so far behind intel when intel doesn't have a true quad core in a laptop. The Intel Core 2 Quad isn't a true Quad Core, it is two dual core processors tied together. There isn't any cross communication between the two dual core processors. The truth is AMD is right up there with intel as far as cpu performance. AMD is just trying to keep hardware backwards compatible and affordable for everyone. AMD recognizes that most people don't buy the most powerful computer on the market, so their current cpus dont need triple channel memory controllers. They are keeping their hardware backwards compatible so consumers don't need to buy all new hardware when the next big upgrade is available. I commend them for that. It would be sweet to see AMD come out with a CPU with a high bandwidth socket like the G34 for a desktop CPU when Computers need the extra bandwidth. I've heard the next operating system from microsoft will not be called windows. I hope it is an artificial intelligence system like jarvis in iron man the movie.
0 0 [Posted by: phelt54  | Date: 10/14/09 01:39:59 PM]


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