AMD ships 500 millionth x86 CPU, gives away laptops

— 6:00 AM on July 23, 2009

Through thick and thin, and after over 40 years in business, AMD has managed to ship half a billion x86 microprocessors. Not something you do everyday. The chipmaker has decided to celebrate the occasion by giving away four HP Pavilion dv2z notebooks as part of a Twitter-based contest.

Participating in the contest doesn't sound terribly difficult, provided you have a Twitter account and some free time:

To enter to win, just follow AMD on Twitter (@AMD_Unprocessed). @AMD_Unprocessed will send out an AMD-related question every other Monday beginning July 27. Correct answers direct messaged back during the two week period after each question is asked will be put into a drawing for an HP Pavilion dv2z notebook. A new question will be tweeted every two weeks with four total questions being posted over the next two months.

You can find out more about the contest, including starting dates and times for contest entries, on AMD's official 40th anniversary page.

In case you missed our coverage last month, HP's Pavilion dv2z is essentially a version of the dv2 with a greater wealth of hardware options. Details on the 40th anniversary page aren't terribly clear, but it sounds like the version AMD will give away has a 1.6GHz Athlon Neo X2 processor, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, Mobility Radeon HD 3410 discrete graphics, and a 320GB hard drive.

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