Mobile AMD Athlon XP to launch in May

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has announced that the first laptops based on its mobile Athlon XP processor will begin shipping...

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has announced that the first laptops based on its mobile Athlon XP processor will begin shipping early next month in Europe and Japan.

AMD began shipments of the 1400+ and 1500+ versions of the processor at the beginning of this year. Laptops based on the 1600+ and 1700+ versions of the processor are expected to be available in May, it said.

The first laptops based on the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor are expected to ship in Japan from Sharp. The company will release its Mebius PC-GP1-C7H notebook, which is based on the new processor, on 1 May, the company said today.

Based on the 1400+ version of the chip, the machine includes 256M bytes of memory and a 40G-byte hard disk drive and will retail for $1,750 (£1,215).

Notebooks from Epson and NEC Computers will follow later in May.

The mobile Athlon XP is AMD's first processor that is manufactured using a 0.13-micron process, rather than the 0.18-micron process the company uses to produce other versions of its Athlon processor line.

The more advanced production process allows the production of smaller chips that use less power, run faster and cost less.

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