updated 12:05 am EDT, Wed June 4, 2008
AMD Turion X2 Ultra
With AMD-based notebooks already surfacing at Computex, AMD on Wednesday officially announced its next-generation notebook platform, offering significant improvements in HD visual performance and increased energy efficiency for notebooks as well as a the foundation for new AMD Business Class, AMD GAME! and AMD LIVE! notebook solutions. Hoping to take a share from rivals Intel and Via, AMD says the new notebook platform, code-named "Puma", brings three times the 3D graphics performance, five times the HD image quality,, 40 percent faster wireless transfer of HD content, and up to 90 minutes more battery performance. The platform includes a new notebook processor and chipset: the AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile processor includes AMD Independent Dynamic Core Technology, a new mobile-optimized memory controller, and power-optimized HyperTransport 3.0 (with up to 3x the bandwidth of the original HyperTransport).
The new mobile AMD 7-series chipset, AMD M780G and AMD SB700, features integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics and delivers support for Microsoft DirectX 10, offering up to three times the 3D graphics performance of comparable competitor graphics and ATI Avivo HD Technology for smooth video playback in hi-def format.
The platform also offers the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series discrete graphics, including the previously announced ATI Mobility Radeon 3400 and 3600 Series, and the new ATI Mobility Radeon 3800 Series. The 3800 Series delivers the highest levels of graphics performance in the ATI Mobility Radeon HD family, with support for PCI Express 2.0 and DirectX 10.1; integrated digital output support for HDMI, DVI and Display Port; and multi-monitor functionality with native support for up to four monitors for mainstream notebooks. For notebooks with both integrated and discrete graphics, users can also benefit from ATI CrossFireX Technology, a feature of ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology designed to boost graphics performance up to 70 percent by running the integrated and discrete graphics simultaneously.
Unlike rival Intel that leverages its own Centrino wireless technology, the company says that the next-generation AMD notebook platform also incorporates the latest in wireless connectivity technologies such as 802.11n and 3G from "Better by Design" partners including Atheros, Broadcom, and Ralink.
AMD's notebook platform incorporates new power management technologies, including AMD Enhanced PowerNow! Technology and ATI PowerXpress Technology to maximize the efficient use of power for extended battery life. AMD Enhanced PowerNow! Technology provides independent and dynamic control of core performance, and the ability to shut off areas of core logic when not in use to preserve power. ATI PowerXpress Technology, in turn, provides the high performance of discrete graphics when plugged into a power source and dynamically switches to integrated graphics--without restarting--when unplugged, saving up to 90 minutes of battery life.
In addition, the company also noted that the power management features allow the system to decrease bandwidth of the faster HyperTransport bus to save resources and turn off parts of the memory controller.
AMD claims that the new platform has double the number of design wins compared to the last major AMD Turion processor introduction. Notebook designs are expected from OEMs including Acer, Asus, Clevo, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, MSI, NEC and Toshiba and the company hopes to capitalize on the growing trends toward mobile computing. Systems based on the next-generation AMD notebook platform and the AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor and ATI Radeon HD graphics, are now available from OEM customers.
AMD displays HD content 5x better
The next-generation AMD notebook platform features AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processors and ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series Graphics for exceptional HD visual performance with full 1080p playback capability for Blu-ray and other HD content, and advanced 3D graphics
The AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile processor AMD's Independent Dynamic Core Technology, a new mobile-optimized memory controller, and power-optimized HyperTransport 3.0