AMD ANNOUNCES MOBILE AMD DURON PROCESSOR, FIRST 7TH GEN PROCESSOR FOR NOTEBOOK PCS.AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, www.amd.com) A major manufacturer of semiconductor devices including x86-compatible CPUs, embedded processors, flash memories, programmable logic devices and networking chips. has made available the Mobile AMD Duron(TM) processor for notebook PCs. The Mobile AMD Duron processor is the first seventh-generation processor to enter the notebook market, and is available in volume today at speed grades of 700 and 600MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc. .
"AMD has had tremendous success with the Mobile AMD-K6(R) family of processors, and plans to build on that success with a new family of seventh-generation mobile products in 2001," said Pat Moorhead, Vice President of Marketing at AMD's Computation Products Group. "The Mobile AMD Duron processor allows us to offer our customers a great solution by providing compelling performance and excellent value for notebook computing," he said.
NEC (NEC Corporation, Tokyo, www.nec.com, www.necus.com) An electronics conglomerate known in the U.S. for its monitors. In Japan, it had the lion's share of the PC market until the late 1990s (see PC 98).
NEC was founded in Tokyo in 1899 as Nippon Electric Company, Ltd. has announced that its "LaVie U" series of notebook PCs will use the 700MHz Mobile AMD Duron processor. Designed for consumers, the notebooks will include a 14" or 13" TFT (Thin Film Transistor) The term typically refers to active matrix screens on laptop computers. Active matrix LCD provides a sharper screen display and broader viewing angle than does passive matrix. See LCD and thin film.
TFT - Thin Film transistor display (XGA (EXtended Graphics Array) A screen resolution of 1,024x768 pixels. The term stems from IBM's XGA display standard introduced in 1990, which extended VGA to 132-column text and interlaced 1,024x768x256 resolution. XGA-2 later added non-interlaced 1,024x768x64K. ) and a 20GB hard drive. The lineup will feature three models, including a model equipped with a fast 8X CD-R/RW drive and one with a DVD-ROM DVD-ROM: see digital versatile disc.
A read-only DVD disc used to permanently store data files. DVD-ROM discs are widely used to distribute large software applications that exceed the capacity of a CD-ROM disc. drive that can be connected to a home TV to watch DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
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Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. video. All models are scheduled to begin shipping January 25.
"AMD is excited that NEC Japan is using the Mobile AMD Duron processor to power its new LaVie U notebooks, " said Moorhead. "Japan is extremely important to AMD's success," he said, noting that Japan is the second largest notebook PC market in the world.
"In the first half of 2001, we expect to see seventh-generation notebook systems become available in other markets and from additional manufacturers," said Moorhead.
AMD was the first to bring technologies such as a 100MHz front side bus and 3D instruction set extensions to the notebook market with its award-winning AMD-K6 family of processors. AMD is taking the lead again by bringing capabilities such as a 200MHz front side bus and a superscalar A CPU architecture that allows more than one instruction to be executed in one clock cycle. See pipeline processing.
(architecture) superscalar - A superscalar architecture is a uniprocessor that can execute two or more scalar operations in parallel. floating-point unit to the x86 PC notebook market, allowing the Mobile AMD Duron processor to offer great multimedia application performance. Based on the current AMD Duron processor core, the Mobile AMD Duron processor runs at a lower core voltage than the desktop version, and consumes less power. The Mobile AMD Duron processor is the first in the line of seventh-generation mobile processors that AMD plans to introduce in 2001.
The 700MHz and 600MHz Mobile AMD Duron processors are priced at $123 and $75 respectively, each in 1,000-unit quantities.
The AMD Mobile Duron processor is a derivative of the award-winning AMD Athlon(TM) and AMD Duron processors and is designed to provide an optimized solution for value-conscious business and home users. Employing an innovative design, the Mobile AMD Duron processor features a sophisticated cache architecture with 192KB of total on-chip cache; a high-speed 200MHz front side bus, and a superscalar floating point unit with enhanced 3DNow!(TM) technology.