AMD Ramps Up Speed in New Athlon

AMD says the new Athlon XP 2200+ is its fastest mobile chip ever.

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Monday released the Athlon XP 2200+, which the company says is its fastest mobile chip yet.

The laptop processor comes with AMDs PowerNow technology for a longer battery life. The chip also comes with the companys QuantiSpeed architecture and 3Dnow Professional technology, which when combined with DDR memory gives users faster digital video, audio and image editing capabilities, according to AMD.

QuantiSpeed also increases the performance of Microsoft Corp.s Windows XP operating system, according to AMD, of Sunnyvale, Calif.

The company said notebooks with the 2200+ are available now in Europe in Fujistu Siemens Computers Amilo A-x600 series, and that other manufacturers—such as Epson Direct in Japan and Time Computers in the United Kingdom—will roll out notebooks featuring the chip later this month.

The chip is priced at $186.

The move is part of a push by both AMD and its rival, Intel Corp., deeper into the notebook space. Intel, of Santa Clara, Calif., in the first half of next year will release its newest mobile chip, code-named Banias, which the company said will increase performance while consuming less power than its Pentium III-M processors.