HP Packs AMD Chips Into New Pavillion Notebooks

Hewlett-Packard Co. on Thursday introduced the second round of its Pavilion N3200 notebook line, adding the option of an Advanced Micro Devices Inc. K6-2-P processor instead of Intel Corp.'s Celeron.

HP has offered AMD processors in their desktop PCs for over a year, but the integration of AMD silicon into a mobile HP line, announced here at the Consumer Electronics Show, is a first for the company.

The decision to offer AMD processors in the re-launched Pavilion line was made through an evaluation process that HP undertakes with every new product lifecycle, according to Bob Nitzberg, retail notebook marketing manager for HP.

"We look at availability at the moment, and pricing at the moment," said Nitzberg, who added that even though Intel and AMD are fierce competitors when it comes to processor speed and price, "things just lined up right for AMD this time."

"I think there are customers who have loyalties to the Intel brand, and we'll be offering the option of an Intel Pentium III alongside the AMD-powered models," Nitzberg said.

The HP Pavilion N3200 notebook PC series is available in four configurations, ranging in price from $1,199 for a 433MHx AMD processor, to $2,399 for a 500MHz PIII.

Hewlett-Packard Corp., based in Palo Alto, Calif., is at http://www.hp.com/.

Intel Corp., based in Santa Clara, Calif., is at http://www.intel.com/.

Advanced Micro Devices Corp., based in Austin, Texas, is at http://www.amd.com/.

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