With the release of its 64-bit processors in servers and desktops behind it, AMD
has set its sights on mainstream notebook computers with four new Athlon chips.
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based semiconductor maker began shipping its new Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processors 3200+, 3000+ and 2800+ (priced at $293, $233 and $193, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities) to manufacturers. The
processors are Windows-compatible and include improved virus protection. The
company said security improvements planned for Microsoft Windows XP Service
Pack 2 (due in the second half of 2004) will take advantage of AMD64
AMD said its collaboration with Microsoft
could have made nearly half of the Microsoft Windows Security Updates and
patches in the last two years unnecessary for AMD64 users.
Despite a decision by some vendors hold off on 64-bit processors in their
repertoire, more than 60 manufacturers including HP
Fujitsu Siemens, Fujitsu, Packard Bell and eMachines, already support AMD’s
new chips. For example, the 3200+ began appearing in configure-to-order
Compaq Presario 8000Z desktop PCs back in November and as an option in
configure-to-order HP Pavilion a450e desktop PCs in December. Fujitsu
Siemens Computers and Fujitsu Ltd. said they would offer desktop systems
with the new chips immediately.
AMD also announced the its Athlon 64 processor 3400+ (priced at $417 in
1,000-unit quantities) for desktop PCs and desktop-replacement notebooks.
The company said the processor will be supported by HP’s configure-to-order
desktop PC line in early 2004. Not-so-whitebox manufacturers Voodoo PC and
Alienware have announced plans to offer high-performance notebooks based on
the AMD Athlon 64 processor 3400+ later this quarter.
All of the new processors are compatible with current wireless LAN
technologies including 802.11g