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AMD and Intel in race to meet mobile needs

Antony Savvas
AMD has released a mobile wireless processor to rival Intel's Centrino and, later this week, Intel will introduce Sonoma, the follow-up to its Centrino family.

AMD's offering, the Turion 64 mobile processor, will support 802.11a/b/g and integrated graphics and offer up to 2Gbytes of DDR2 memory. It will also support the "NX" non-execute feature that Windows XP SP2 uses to tackle buffer overflow attacks.

The processor is based on AMD 64-bit technology and is designed to deliver long battery life, rich graphics and wireless compatibility in high-end notebooks, AMD said.

"We expect this product family to set a precedent for mobile PCs in the same way 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 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 could expect to see notebook PCs based on AMD Turion 64 processors during the first half of 2005.

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