How the heck can AMDs mobile line-up be SO weak?
Advanced Micro Devices has announced that it had begun shipments of AMD Turion 64 X2 processors made using new process technology to customers. While the world’s second largest x86 microprocessor maker did not release many details about the new chips, it indicated that 65nm process technology allowed the firm to push up chips’ clock-speed, which increases performance.
AMD indicated that the new microprocessors produced using 65nm process technology and shipping today are AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core models TL-56, TL-58, TL-60 and TL-62. According to the company, AMD Turion 64 X2 model TL-66 will begin shipping in late May. The AMD dual-core mobile processor family ranges from $154-$354 in 1000 unit quantities.
Previously AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-series products featured thermal design power of 31W or 33W, however, so far AMD has not released any details concerning central processing units made using 65nm fabrication process. Earlier it was rumoured that specifications of AMD’s new 65nm-based Turion 64 X2 processors will be as follows:
- AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-56: 1.80GHz clock-speed, 1MB L2 cache (512KB per core);
- AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-58: 1.90GHz clock-speed, 1MB L2 cache (512KB per core);
- AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60: 2.00GHz clock-speed, 1MB L2 cache (512KB per core);
- AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-64: 2.20GHz clock-speed, 1MB L2 cache (512KB per core);
- AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-66: 2.30GHz clock-speed, 1MB L2 cache (512KB per core).
All the new AMD Turion 64 X2 microprocessors are made for socket S1 platforms and feature dual-channel DDR2 memory support.
Besides announcing its first mobile processors made using 65nm process technology, AMD once again praised its “open-platform” strategy and “Better by Design” program, which allows original equipment manufacturers to choose whatever components they are interested in among certified by AMD.
“Our next generation mobile processors, combined with superior graphics and wireless technologies demonstrate our commitment to an open platform strategy, which enables our OEM customers to design the ultimate mobile platforms,” said Chris Cloran, vice president, AMD Mobile Division.
AMD’s “Better by Design” ecosystem includes ATI Radeon and Nvidia GeForce Go graphics chips and wireless solutions from Atheros, Broadcom, Marvell, Qualcomm and RealTek.
“PC users today expect more from their computers and the Better by Design program features the superior technologies and leading-edge performance buyers seek to meet the demands of their ever-expanding digital lifestyle,” Mr. Cloran said.