With Intel about to add mobile 64bit functionality with its Core 2 Duo lines AMD needed to make a move. Typically just eight days later the call has been answered as the company has announced its own range of 64bit mobile dual core processors is now immediately available.
The new CPU will, rather logically, be known as the Turion 64 X2 and will be suitable for thin and light notebooks. Apart from the bit upgrade DDR2 memory is now supported, though the basic technology behind the new chips remains the same as that seen in the company’s Opteron and Athlon 64 X2 server and desktop ranges.
AMD also claims, apart from being first to market with a mobile dual core 64bit CPU, that the “AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology is the only mobile processor today that is optimized for the 64-bit versions of the upcoming Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.” That may be a cheap shot considering Intel’s Core 2 Duo chips are on the way, but we’ll give AMD its day in the sun (especially since right royally spanked the chip giant in the first round of dual core processors).
The first Turion 64 X2s out the door will be coded the TL-50, 52, 56 and 60 with prices beginning at $185 rising to topping out at $355 when bought in the usual quantities of 1,000. Acer, ASUS, BenQ, ECS, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, MSI, NEC and Packard Bell are amongst the manufacturers ready to release Turion 64 X2 based lappies. As for buyers on a budget, you’ll be pleased to know that AMD says its mobile Sempron line will also soon be adding 64bit functionality though it didn’t state a specific date.
So AMD takes the lead once more, though it is likely to be short-lived. Of far more importance will be how both Intel and AMD’s second generation dual core chips measure up against one another and for that there is only one solution: we’ll bring in The Spode!