65nm Turion 64 X2s coming to notebooks soon

We heard talk a few weeks ago of AMD releasing Turion 64 X2 mobile processors based on its new 65nm process technology in the second quarter. According to a new report by DigiTimes, those reports were right: AMD has introduced new Turion 64 X2 chips based on a 65nm process, and notebooks featuring those chips are scheduled to hit stores before the end of next month. The systems will likely pair the new 65nm Turion chips with AMD's recently-introduced M690 chipset, which is the mobile version of the 690G we reviewed in February.

The M690 includes integrated Radeon X1200 graphics, support for HDMI audio/video output, and a new memory technology called Display Cache. According to AMD, Display Cache "allows the CPU to operate in low-power mode without accessing system memory"—that presumably means Display Cache allows integrated graphics to avoid accessing system memory so that the processor (which hosts the memory controller) is free to power down.

Notebooks with 65nm Turion 64 X2 processors and M690 chipsets will have to compete against Intel's upcoming Santa Rosa platform, which will couple faster mobile Core 2 Duos with new chipsets and functionality like 802.11n Wi-Fi as well as Turbo Memory flash caching. Intel stated last month that Santa Rosa was on schedule for a launch in May.

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