Centrino brand to see competition from AMD, ATI

AMD's purchase of ATI may pay off as early as the fourth quarter of this year. According to Taiwanese mobo makers quoted by DigiTimes, that's when the two companies plan to launch a new notebook platform code-named Yokohama. This platform will reportedly combine AMD's Turion 64 X2 processors with future ATI mobile chipsets—the RS690M, RS690DC, and RS790M—and perhaps third-party Wi-Fi chipsets from Broadcom, Atheros, or Airgo.

DigiTimes' moles say Yokohama will target high-performance notebooks, and that it will be poised to compete against Intel's existing "Napa refresh" Centrino Duo platform that houses new mobile Core 2 Duo processors. Intel's next mobile platform, code-named Santa Rosa, isn't expected until mid-2007.

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