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AMD Launches Congo Ultrathin Mobile Platform

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 16 comments

AMD's second generation ultrathin platform is here.

Along with the new Vision branding initiative, AMD today also launched its new ultrathin mobile platform – codenamed Congo.

AMD had already decided that it wasn't going to partake in a war against Intel for the netbook market by creating an Atom competitor, but instead would make chips that were for similar form factors (small notebooks) but with more processing power (along with heftier power requirements).

The new Congo platform is composed of a low profile, energy-efficient Athlon Neo dual-core and integrated graphics on par with the previous generation's discrete part.

Pat Moorhead, VP of Advanced Marketing at AMD, explains Congo in simple terms as how it relates to the company's previous efforts: "It's real easy to describe the 2nd generation ultrathin design: Take the 1st generation, give it a second CPU core and take nearly the performance of the first generation’s discrete card, shrink it and place it into the chipset decreasing energy consumption."

The result is hardware fit for small form factor notebooks with some decent multimedia muscle too.

Left: MSI Wind U100; Right: New AMD Congo 12-inch NotebookLeft: MSI Wind U100; Right: New AMD Congo 12-inch Notebook

Moorhead in his blog used a MSI notebook running with Congo as an example. It featured an Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core Processor L335 at 1.6 GHz and a Radeon HD 3200 GPU.

The demo machine was able to play YouTube HD and Hulu HD videos, as well as Blu-ray movies (through the use of an external drive) at 1080p without problems. The platform also has HDMI out, allowing it to output that 1080p stream.

Mainstream games such as the Sims and Spore also ran decently, but getting more intense games such as Left 4 Dead required settings to be dialled way down.

Stay tuned for more after we get our chance to go hands-on.

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    Kaiser_25 , September 10, 2009 6:49 PM
    Hmmm not a big AMD fan, but sounds pretty good, but no mention of price...i wonder...
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    silversurfernhs , September 10, 2009 6:56 PM
    they better do something, and break out big... which is what it looks like with the release of their 5 series and this notebook thing, are they ever going to recover in the top of the line processor market? I hope so, it would be nice if we could see a price drop due to competition again.
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    mactruck , September 10, 2009 7:04 PM
    If AMD can keep the prices down this sounds like a great alternative to the Atom/Ion platform. Hopefully we can get a comparison of Ion vs. Congo vs. Pinetrail soon as I'm looking for a cheap and light laptop in Spring of 2010.
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2009 7:29 PM
    Fantastic, I'm getting one. Atom is just too slow, but this looks perfect.
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    False_Dmitry_II , September 10, 2009 7:47 PM
    Well, the previous yukon stuff was like $650. For that much just go to newegg, sort laptops by discrete graphics and get one at that price and you'll have something much better specs wise. Now if they manage to pull somewhere around $400-500 I think it will be worth getting.
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    skine , September 10, 2009 8:10 PM
    I doubt that this will be too cheap or released too soon; MSI just released a 12.1" Wind with the MV-40 and x1250, priced at $429.
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    that_aznpride101 , September 10, 2009 8:15 PM
    AMD is breaking into a new market for more beefier "netbooks" just as Intel released their Atom mobile platform. i'm assuming AMD did their market research on consumers wanting something more speed than a netbook can offer. hopefully, AMD is correct that the economy will recover so most consumers will be able to purchase this "beefy netbook."
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    mowston , September 10, 2009 8:16 PM
    Hey, I thought they got rid of the "Congo" codename because of the rape, torture, and murder going on in that country for rare metals used in computers.
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10267185-92.html
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    Ciuy , September 10, 2009 8:30 PM
    goood
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    leafblower29 , September 10, 2009 9:16 PM
    It's great to see AMD do netbooks now.


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    skine , September 10, 2009 10:11 PM
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    xaira , September 11, 2009 12:49 AM
    kmon amd show em how
    its done
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    WheelsOfConfusion , September 11, 2009 1:53 AM
    I've been waiting for Congo to launch for a while, but now that Intel is launching some cheaper consumer-level ULV Core2 notebooks I'm wonder how they stack up. Hate to say it, but AMD on notebooks has been the pits for a while now.
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    ebattleon , September 11, 2009 2:36 AM
    Glad to see that AMD is not dead. We really need to have choice here.
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    Anonymous , September 11, 2009 3:25 AM
    as long as the internal lcd screen gets fluid gameplay I would not object!
    It would be a perfect candidate to run DX10.1 on a 1024x600 or 1280x720/800 or 1366x768 screen!

    If it has enough juice to play most games on higher resolution monitors (external) that's fine, but as long as the internal LCD shows fluid gameplay, this might be interesting!
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    Andraxxus , September 14, 2009 2:47 PM
    You can game on it on low or medium settings nearly any game.