AMD unleashes mobiles
Better late than never, AMD has finally released its mobile line of Duron processors. The processors weigh in at 600 and 700MHz and are pretty cheap, too, at $75 and $123, respectively. Here's the official press release:
"AMD has had tremendous success with the Mobile AMD-K6® family of processors, and plans to build on that success with a new family of seventh-generation mobile products in 2001," said Pat Moorhead, Vice President of Marketing at AMD's Computation Products Group. "The Mobile AMD Duron processor allows us to offer our customers a great solution by providing compelling performance and excellent value for notebook computing," he said.
AMD was the first to bring technologies such as a 100MHz front side bus and 3D instruction set extensions to the notebook market with its award-winning AMD-K6 family of processors. AMD is taking the lead again by bringing capabilities such as a 200MHz front side bus and a superscalar floating-point unit to the x86 PC notebook market, allowing the Mobile AMD Duron processor to offer great multimedia application performance.
This is great for a notebook market that has otherwise been dominated by Intel and the weaker K6 series, though one has to wonder if notoriously-hot AMD chips will cause any more notebook combustion instances.