AMD launches 64-bit Turion mobile processor

AMD today announced its Turion 64 line of mobile processors and said notebook PCs based on the chips are coming soon.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Thursday introduced its Turion line of 64-bit mobile processors and said several notebook makers plan to introduce systems based on the new chips.

AMD is offering seven Turion 64 mobile processor models -- the ML-37, ML-34, ML-32, ML-30, MT-34, MT-32, and MT-30 -- which are identified by a new naming system, the company said.

The first two letters identify the chips as members of the Turion line of mobile chips, with the second letter indicating the chip's relative power consumption, AMD said. Letters closer to the end of the alphabet indicate lower power consumption and longer battery life. For The numbers indicate the chip's performance relative to other processors from the same product line, with higher numbers signalling better relative performance, it said.

Under this naming system, the ML-37 offers better performance than the MT-34, which offers lower power consumption and longer battery life.

Several vendors, including Fujitsu-Siemens Computers (Holding) BV, Acer, Asustek Computer and BenQ, plan to introduce in the coming months notebooks based on the Turion 64 chip, AMD said. However, leading PC makers like Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM are notably missing from the list of companies that plan to offer Turion 64-based systems.

The Turion 64 ML-37, ML-34, ML-32, ML-30, MT-34, MT-32, and MT-30 chips are available immediately, AMD said. They are priced at US$354, US$263, US$220, US$184, US$268, US$225 and US$189, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities, it said.

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