AMD Introduces New Mobile Chip

AMD introduces a new Mobile Athlon chip; Dell adds a ruggedized hard drive to its notebook lineup. Plus Toshiba's new perpendicular-recording drives, new Sony HD TVs and TI's Bluetooth qualification.

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday announced the Mobile AMD Athlon 4000+ CPU, which will be designed into the new AMILO A1667G notebook from Fujitsu-Siemens, shipping in September to European customers.

The Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor 4000+ is priced at $382 in 1,000-unit quantities, and is available worldwide, the company said.

"Since 2003, AMD has been leading the way to pervasive 64-bit mobile computing, offering open-standard AMD64 technology for a diverse range of high-performance mobile PCs," said Chris Cloran, director of the Mobile Division for AMDs Microprocessor Solutions Sector, in a statement. "The new Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor 4000+ provides a foundation for building the fastest, most feature-rich 64-bit notebooks available today."

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Dell Inc. said Tuesday that it has added an optional shock-resistant hard drive on select notebook computers, specifically the Latitude D610 and Dell Precision M20 mobile workstation.

The 30-GB hard drive will be priced as an $129 add-on, although the ruggedized drive will provide a 145 percent upgrade ot the drives shock protection -- which, to Dell, means a 145 percent increase in the height above a carpeted floor that a notebook can be dropped and still function.

"Dell welcomes the challenge of delivering product enhancements based on customer feedback and driving high-end technologies into the mainstream," said Gretchen Miller, director, worldwide notebook product marketing, in a statement. "Our current Latitude and Dell Precision mobile platforms, with the Tri-Metal chassis, reinforced LCD backs and sealed keyboards, continue the Dell tradition of excellent durability, and we look forward to improving on this quality standard."

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