Finally, AMD is countering Intel with a new mobile platform aimed at slim, low-cost notebooks. Previously code-named Yukon, the platform has now made its official debut: it includes a new Athlon Neo processor, an AMD M690 chipset with Radeon X1250 integrated graphics, and optional Mobility Radeon HD 3410 discrete graphics.
According to the official spec sheet, the Athlon Neo MV-40 processor runs at 1.6GHz with 512KB of cache and a 15W power envelope. AMD manufactures it using its current 65nm process, although it mounts it in a compact 27 x 27-mm package. The company doesn't explicitly mention the number of cores, but slides from its November Financial Analyst Day said the Yukon platform would only have one CPU core.
Unlike with Via's Nano, we apparently won't have to wait ages for the processor to show up in actual laptops. HP has simultaneously announced the dv2, a slim 12.1" notebook that's "just under 1-inch thick and starting at 3.8 pounds." Best of all, the dv2 will cost only $699 when it becomes available in April.
The dv2 will have a 12.1" 1280x800 LED-backlit display, an Athlon Neo MV-40, Mobility Radeon HD 3410 discrete graphics, 160GB to 500GB of 5,400-RPM mechanical storage, either Windows Vista Home Basic or Windows Vista Home Premium x64, and a 92%-of-full-size keyboard. Users will be able to choose between four- and six-cell batteries, and HP will offer optional extras like a Blu-ray drive and integrated wireless WAN connectivity. Not bad considering the price and form factor. Check out the image gallery below for pictures of the system.