While AMD has said it's not interested in making netbooks at this time, Gateway uses the chip maker's Athlon processor in a new netbook called the Gateway LT3100. The LT3100 is Gateway's first offering for the netbook, or mininotebook, market. Gateway is owned by desktop and notebook maker Acer.
is now the latest PC maker to offer its own netbook-the Gateway
LT3100-but the company has turned to Advanced Micro Devices instead of Intel
for the processor to power it.
While AMD has remained on the sidelines
when it comes to netbooks, instead
deciding to focus on its own "Yukon" platform for thin-and-light
Gateway decided to use the AMD
Athlon 64 L110 chip for the LT3100.
which is owned by Acer,
released the LT3100 netbook on June 23. The Gateway
LT3100, which also offers an 11.6-inch display and weighs a little more than 3
pounds, costs about $399, according to the company.
Netbooks have remained a bright spot in a PC market that has been impacted
by the recession in the United States
and a sluggish global economy. A recent report
by iSuppli found that worldwide PC shipments dropped about 8 percent overall in
the first quarter of 2009,
although netbook shipments increased about 10
percent year over year.
At the same time, the sheer number of netbooks in the marketplace is
beginning to cause some confusion. Right now, the top PC suppliers-Hewlett-Packard,
Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Toshiba
-all offer several different types of
netbooks or mininotebooks. A report by the NPD
Group found that consumers are confused about how netbooks
standard laptops, and this has left many customers unhappy.
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This could be one reason why Gateway went with AMD
instead of using Intel's
However, the screen size of the LT3100 and its starting
price mean that this netbook is actually closer to the configurations found in
a full-fledged laptop.
Most netbooks have screen sizes ranging from 7 to 10 inches, although
companies such as Dell
have pushed that definition further by offering netbooks with 12-inch screens.
In addition to the single-core Athlon 64 L110 processor (1.20GHz), the
Gateway LT 3100 offers up to 2GB of DDR2
(double date 2) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM),
a hard disk drive with up to 250GB of data storage, an ATI
Radeon X1270 graphics chip, three USB 2.0
ports and 802.11 b/g wireless technologies.
The Gateway LT3100 also supports Microsoft Windows Vista and offers a six-cell
battery that provides up to 5 hours of battery life.