AMD Ships New Mobile Athlon 64, 90-nm Processors

The chip maker has started shipping a 3700+ mobile Athlon 64 processor as well as 90-nanometer processors.

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday said it has begun shipping a 3700+ mobile Athlon 64 processor. The chip maker also confirmed it has started shipping processors on its 90-nanometer manufacturing process for revenue.

Notebooks containing AMDs mobile Athlon 64 processor 3700+ include the HP Pavilion zv5000z and Compaq Presario R3000Z, as well as VoodooPCs line of ENVY notebooks. The chip, priced at an even $500, is immediately available, AMD officials said.

AMD also confirmed that it has begun its shift to 90-nm processes, a transition that was recently revealed by Goldman Sachs analyst Andrew Root. New 90-nm mobile processors, code-named Oakville, have begun shipping, company officials said.

The new parts take up about half the die space and consume about half the power of the older 130-nm parts, the expected result of such a shift. However, rival Intel has not been able to make the 90-nm leap with the same results, analysts pointed out.

The new 3700+ chip, however, is not an "Oakville," AMD spokesperson Jo Alber said. The chip was fabricated on AMDs 130-nm lines.

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