Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Sunnyvale, Calif., today launched its first 130 nanometer mobile device line: the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor, with up to 1.5 GHz speed and a 266MHz front-side bus option.
Concurrently, Sharp Corp. has featured a new notebook based on the new Athlon XP processor line. Other computer manufacturers, including Epson Direct and Packard Bell, are expected to offer new notebook PCs featuring the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor later this quarter.
The mobile AMD Athlon XP processor maintains Socket A and pin compatibility with AMD's mobile processors manufactured on 0.18 micron technology, while adding a 266MHz front-side bus option.
Additionally, a low power version of the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor, with a new micro Pin Grid Array (uPGA) packaging and based on AMD's PowerNow! power-reduction technology, is sampling now for the thin-and-light notebook market.
The introductions "position AMD for a strong thrust into the mobile corporate market," said Shane Rau, an analyst at IDC.
The new mobile AMD Athlon XP processor starts at $190 for the 1400+ version and is $489 for the 1700+ version.