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AMD announces Centrino wireless chip rival

Antony Savvas

AMD has announced the release of a mobile wireless processor that will rival Intel’s Centrino offering.

Based on AMD 64-bit technology, the new AMD Turion 64 mobile processor is designed to deliver long battery life, rich graphics and wireless compatibility to high-end notebooks.

"We expect this new product family will set a precedent for mobile PCs in the same way that AMD Opteron did for servers," said Marty Seyer, AMD corporate vice-president and general manager for the microprocessor business unit.

Shane Rau, an analyst with IDC, said, "The AMD Turion 64 brand for mobile PCs reflects how PC technology providers are adapting standardised technologies, such as the x86 instruction set, to meet the needs of commercial mobile PC users."

AMD said users can expect to see notebook PCs based on AMD Turion 64 processors from suppliers in the first half of 2005.

The company said existing Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processors will continue to be offered.

Intel is also expected to launch its Sonoma wireless chip later this year, which will be more powerful than its established Centrino mobile wireless chip.


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