HP First to Offer AMD PowerNow Processors

NEW YORK (06/27/2000) - As the emphasis on battery conservation in portable computers moves to the forefront of the processor market, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced that Hewlett-Packard Co. will be the first OEM to begin shipping the company's Mobile AMD-K6-2+ family of processors, which feature AMD's PowerNow technology.

Four HP Pavilion N3300 series notebook computers will ship with the AMD chips.

PowerNow technology, introduced earlier this year, adjusts the processor speed across at least seven different levels, depending on the requirements of the system and the application running.

In turn, battery life of mobile computers using the PowerNow chips can be extended by as much as 30 percent, according to AMD officials.

PowerNow, similar to Intel Corp.'s SpeedStep technology and Transmeta Corp.'s LongRun, both of which were also developed as power-saving techniques for portable devices, will also be adopted by Compaq Computer Corp., Fujitsu, and NEC Corp., which plan to offer notebook computers running on the new AMD processors, officials said.

The AMD-K6-2+ processors are available in 550MHz and 533MHz versions.

Dan Neel is an InfoWorld reporter.

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