AMD has unveiled a low-powered 32/64-bit mobile processor which will go head to head with Intel's Centrino platform.
The new Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor 3000+ (formerly codenamed Oakville) runs at 2GHz and is the first AMD chip built using a 90nm fabrication process to enhance processing power without cutting battery life. Full wireless support for 802.11a, b and g standards is also built into the platform.
The chipset is capable of running both 32-bit and 64-bit software and can also integrate with the Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) security features in Microsoft's Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), designed to stop malicious code using the buffer memory to spread.
Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager of the microprocessor business unit at AMD, said in a statement: "AMD believes that AMD64 processor-based notebooks with EVP and SP2 offer one of the most secure notebook platforms in the industry."
The processor is priced at $241 in 1,000-unit quantities. The first devices to use it, Acer's Ferrari 3400 notebooks, will be available in October.
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