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AMD Will Be in 109 New Laptops This Summer

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AMD will be in more new laptops this summer than in 2009.

Yahoo News, Reuters and other news outlets said Thursday that AMD's latest power-efficient processors will appear in 109 mainstream laptop models set for launch this summer--just in time for the back-to-school sales season. That's a significant jump compared to last year, with AMD showing up in only 40 laptop models in the same timeframe. It's also a sign that laptop manufacturers are looking for better solutions to reduce overall power consumption on devices.

"This is the first time we've seen this much attention to our notebooks," an unnamed source told Reuters. The insider also said that the company's offerings are growing steadily across the major PC manufacturers, a fact backed by a sudden spike in stock value from $3.22 to $8.27 per share on the New York Stock Exchange at the close of Thursday's session.

Reuters said one source indicated that AMD is receiving positive responses from top PC manufacturers based on AMD's attempts to simplify its numerous hardware options under the new "Vision" brand. They're also hyped up over the promises of improved battery life and better performance "across the line" that the new processors will bring.

Sources also said that AMD will pair the new processors with its own chipsets, bringing in more revenue per laptop than those built with AMD processors and Nvidia chipsets. Laptops offering the new AMD processors are expected to begin a rollout sometime in June, supplied by Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

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    pollom , May 7, 2010 9:16 PM
    For low cost lap tops I prefer AMD, better integrated video card, than intel crapy extreme graphics
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    LLJones , May 7, 2010 9:26 PM
    Maybe now people will start to see how lousy intel graphics are. Their cpu's can't be beat, but I would take an ati gpu any day of the week.

    Will have to check these out this fall. Note to all, try to not drop your laptop when it is open or you will be waiting for fall sales like me. Don't get me wrong,it's still portable, but the lcd monitor not so much.
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    lauxenburg , May 7, 2010 10:39 PM
    AMD was having a bit of a rough time about 2-3 years ago, but I think now they are back in full swing. Four of my friends actually decided to buy/build new PCs this year and they are all AMD systems, ironically. They were all running Intel before that. I think people are identifying the strengths of AMD in price:p erformance and forgetting about getting that extra 1% of performance from Intel and paying 50% more for it.

    And by the looks of it, AMD is doing even better now. Phenom II X6 is a hit. Radeon is still doing well even with Fermi on the market. FirePro cards are looking really impressive too.

    Not sure how long this will hold up, though. Let's hope for the best. I am not a AMD fanboy but I appreciate AMD as a company. Intel is a pretty dirty company at heart. AMD is a little more modest in my opinion.
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    deltatux , May 7, 2010 8:38 PM
    It's good to see AMD fighting back at Intel. Hopefully the hype is real as AMD processors tend to have crappy battery lifespan since they were never efficient in the older models.
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    mados123 , May 7, 2010 8:41 PM
    I not sure how "spike" is defined but I think you are mistaking AMD's historical stock value. It was the beginning of April, 2009 that is was down around $3.22 per share, not April of 2010. Since November of 2009 it hasn't been below 6.


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    Shadow703793 , May 7, 2010 8:54 PM
    Good for them. About time AMD start giving Intel pretty good competition in the laptop space.
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    pollom , May 7, 2010 9:16 PM
    For low cost lap tops I prefer AMD, better integrated video card, than intel crapy extreme graphics
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    LLJones , May 7, 2010 9:26 PM
    Maybe now people will start to see how lousy intel graphics are. Their cpu's can't be beat, but I would take an ati gpu any day of the week.

    Will have to check these out this fall. Note to all, try to not drop your laptop when it is open or you will be waiting for fall sales like me. Don't get me wrong,it's still portable, but the lcd monitor not so much.
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    Hiniberus , May 7, 2010 9:58 PM
    Great, I'll be looking around to see for any decent deals. While I probably won't be getting a new laptop any time soon (Tight budget orz) leads me to sticking with my Hell Latitude E6500 that can't even play a 2D fighting game (Melty Blood Act Cadenza) with winamp in the background (though probably a +5 GB playlist may have something to do with that...) but anyway I hope that laptop manufactures will say "Oh hey people like AMD graphics more? Let's stick with this then!" and thus the world will have a nice smile on it's face as people will manage to get better laptops at lower prices thanks to AMD's extra low prices.
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    killerclick , May 7, 2010 10:22 PM
    Sorry AMD, I haven't bought an Intel desktop CPU since the Celeron A in 1999 but for laptops I always choose Intel. It's all about battery life and AMD can't compete.
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    spoofedpacket , May 7, 2010 10:25 PM
    LLJonesMaybe now people will start to see how lousy intel graphics are. Their cpu's can't be beat, but I would take an ati gpu any day of the week. Will have to check these out this fall. Note to all, try to not drop your laptop when it is open or you will be waiting for fall sales like me. Don't get me wrong,it's still portable, but the lcd monitor not so much.


    Anyone who would hold out four or five months for a sale probably doesn't need a laptop as much as most people who need laptops. There are plenty of spectacular deals popping up all the time. You'll probably be paying more the rest of the year by missing out on the phasing out of many, many Core2duo models as i5 and i3's started showing up in their replacements.
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    lauxenburg , May 7, 2010 10:39 PM
    AMD was having a bit of a rough time about 2-3 years ago, but I think now they are back in full swing. Four of my friends actually decided to buy/build new PCs this year and they are all AMD systems, ironically. They were all running Intel before that. I think people are identifying the strengths of AMD in price:p erformance and forgetting about getting that extra 1% of performance from Intel and paying 50% more for it.

    And by the looks of it, AMD is doing even better now. Phenom II X6 is a hit. Radeon is still doing well even with Fermi on the market. FirePro cards are looking really impressive too.

    Not sure how long this will hold up, though. Let's hope for the best. I am not a AMD fanboy but I appreciate AMD as a company. Intel is a pretty dirty company at heart. AMD is a little more modest in my opinion.
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    Nintendork , May 7, 2010 11:18 PM
    And we also have the computex where AMD will unveil some details on the HD6000. Good months for AMD.

    PII X6 will hit i7's hard. If more people realize that it will be even better.
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    False_Dmitry_II , May 7, 2010 11:22 PM
    killerclickSorry AMD, I haven't bought an Intel desktop CPU since the Celeron A in 1999 but for laptops I always choose Intel. It's all about battery life and AMD can't compete.


    Really? I couldn't give two craps about battery life. Then again my laptop is a gaming laptop. And trying to run a games on the 9-freaking-cell battery turns it into a glorified UPS. And it's intel/nvidia unlike everything else in the house.
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    False_Dmitry_II , May 7, 2010 11:31 PM
    Maybe this has something to do with intel agreeing to stop forcing the use of their chips?
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    killerclick , May 7, 2010 11:45 PM
    False_Dmitry_IIReally? I couldn't give two craps about battery life.


    Well kind of the point of laptops is that you can use them on-the-go. Buying a laptop but using it only at home is a waste of money in my opinion and playing games anywhere but at home is... well... let's say I wouldn't. :)  Also, playing on small screens is an inferior experience.
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    danbfree , May 8, 2010 12:05 AM
    I am seriously glad AMD is back in the market with more efficient chips but it's funny how people are still complaining about Intel Extreme graphics. The new HD graphics are just as crappy as nVidia and AMD low end now... just sayin'...
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    gekko668 , May 8, 2010 1:59 AM
    It seems that since the new graphic card came out, everything seems going well for AMD.
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    ottozero , May 8, 2010 2:00 AM
    Happy for AMD :D 
    Happier for ATI :D  :D 
    HAPPIEST when Apple Hooks up the Mac Books with AMD FUSION... YEAH.. Good CPU/GPU COMBO :D  :D  :D  :D 
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    ottozero , May 8, 2010 2:04 AM
    LLJonesMaybe now people will start to see how lousy intel graphics are. Their cpu's can't be beat, but I would take an ati gpu any day of the week. Will have to check these out this fall. Note to all, try to not drop your laptop when it is open or you will be waiting for fall sales like me. Don't get me wrong,it's still portable, but the lcd monitor not so much.


    Dude with out a Doubt intergrated intel Graphics SUCK BIG TIME...and Yes I agree they have Flag Ship CPU's :D 

    I Perfer ATI Graphics Cards ever since 4800 series :D 
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    jimmysmitty , May 8, 2010 2:39 AM
    pollomFor low cost lap tops I prefer AMD, better integrated video card, than intel crapy extreme graphics


    That because AMD uses ATI discrete GPUs, not integrated.

    The power usage is more important though since if you want a gaming on a laptop you normally go for discrete.

    As for the topic, I am interested to see their power numbers and performance compared to Intels current line. I haven't suggested a AMD laptop for a while due to their lower performance.
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    Marco925 , May 8, 2010 2:52 AM
    danbfreeI am seriously glad AMD is back in the market with more efficient chips but it's funny how people are still complaining about Intel Extreme graphics. The new HD graphics are just as crappy as nVidia and AMD low end now... just sayin'...


    I disagree, there are plenty of articles that compare the integrated video, and ATI's are much more superior than Intel's strongest offering



    It even shows on the tom's hardware graphics hierarchy chart.
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    Anonymous , May 8, 2010 4:00 AM
    I think old AMD mobile chipset are bad and unstable, my friend bought one and sold it again to get an intel one. But i think the newer AMD 700 series chipset is very stable and more reliable and may be offering better experience than intel.
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