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AMD Prepping Triple, Quad Core Mobile CPUs

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Make way for a ménage à trois of AMD mobile CPU cores.

Laptops, with their strict power and heat restrictions, typically feature dual-core processors. But AMD is looking to crank things up beyond Intel's Arrandale chips that have just two cores.

AMD's Bob Grim, director of client product marketing, said that triple core mobile chips will be shipping by the end of the first half of this year, reported PC World. Grim poses that triple core chips sit in a unique spot of performing better than dual-core processors while not incurring the power penalty of having four cores. It's simple logic, but true nonetheless.

The new chips from AMD will be a part of the 45-nm Danube platform, which will support DDR3 memory. AMD expects Danube to extend battery life by more than an hour.

Both dual and quad core AMD chips can also be integrated into Danube, leading some enthusiasts to ponder whether or not some chips will simply be crippled quad core parts. If so, then may the core unlocking take place on laptops too!

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    rjkucia , January 11, 2010 11:14 PM
    Hopefully this will help AMD compete in the mobile space, where it has always struggled. As long as they can keep the thermals and power usage down, of course.
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    jay236 , January 11, 2010 11:15 PM
    Horray for competition!

    If mobile AMD processors are able to actually tack on extra half an hour on battery life...this may push consumers to actually be steered towards AMD mobile processors (instead of the market dominated Intel processors).
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    rjkucia , January 11, 2010 11:14 PM
    Hopefully this will help AMD compete in the mobile space, where it has always struggled. As long as they can keep the thermals and power usage down, of course.
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    jay236 , January 11, 2010 11:15 PM
    Horray for competition!

    If mobile AMD processors are able to actually tack on extra half an hour on battery life...this may push consumers to actually be steered towards AMD mobile processors (instead of the market dominated Intel processors).
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    Upendra09 , January 11, 2010 11:26 PM
    Intel actually has i7s and core 2 quads for many laptops it's about time for AMD

    AMD really can benefit from this if they can help extend battery life compared to the core 2 quad

    now they just need a netbook segment and they can kick intel out
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    warmon6 , January 11, 2010 11:43 PM
    jay236Horray for competition!


    good thing there finally getting some quads out.
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    njkid3 , January 12, 2010 12:39 AM
    this is what ive been waiting for. those new core i3 and i5 in my opinion are nothing compared to these true multi core solutions. now couple these with the mobility 5000 series and you have a truly kick ass gaming pc.
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    masterjaw , January 12, 2010 1:02 AM
    Nice one. Looking forward in seeing laptops offering more AMD cpus.
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    CrashOverride90 , January 12, 2010 1:27 AM
    This would be amazing to see! I currently own a triple core Phenom (720 BE). Totally love the desktop triple core.

    If AMD ships out triple core mobile processors which can improve battery life by an hour I will say bye bye to my current intel laptop!!!
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    DjEaZy , January 12, 2010 2:58 AM
    ... have somebody done some crazy stuff, like CPU OC in laptops? My Aspire's 8530G CPU runs @ 3300Mhz... when plugged in of course... have gone til 3500Mhz, but that waz unstable... K10STAT dues wonders...
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    maniac5999 , January 12, 2010 3:26 AM
    Well, I've done minor OCs (2.2 to 2.31ghz) with my old 130nm K8 lappy. unfortunately most laptops are so locked down that just managing to control clockspeed is an achievement and stability goes away quick. To be honest, I'd want to know that my laptop's overheat protection is working well before even trying ANY OC, but luckily my laptop is so old, that I'd shrug it off if I blew it up.

    Now the idea of AMD bringing affordable quad core laptops to the market is pretty cool, but what I'm really interested in is AMD's 3rd gen Ultrathin platform.With Intel you have a choice between powerless netbooks, and expensive ultrathins that have neutered MHD4500 graphics. AMD's current (2nd gen) ultrathin can punch in at $500 with decent power (1.6ghz K8 X2) and graphics that can bitch anything but Ion. The third gen should switch that 65nm K8 out for a faster and much more effecient 45nm K10.5, dramatically increasing battery life, while hopefully the new 8 series chipset IGP will increase AMD's lead over Intel with IGPs. (remember, intel's highest clocked desktop IGP is competitive with the 3200, the mobiles are all 20% OR MORE slower)
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    maniac5999 , January 12, 2010 3:26 AM
    Well, I've done minor OCs (2.2 to 2.31ghz) with my old 130nm K8 lappy. unfortunately most laptops are so locked down that just managing to control clockspeed is an achievement and stability goes away quick. To be honest, I'd want to know that my laptop's overheat protection is working well before even trying ANY OC, but luckily my laptop is so old, that I'd shrug it off if I blew it up.

    Now the idea of AMD bringing affordable quad core laptops to the market is pretty cool, but what I'm really interested in is AMD's 3rd gen Ultrathin platform.With Intel you have a choice between powerless netbooks, and expensive ultrathins that have neutered MHD4500 graphics. AMD's current (2nd gen) ultrathin can punch in at $500 with decent power (1.6ghz K8 X2) and graphics that can bitch anything but Ion. The third gen should switch that 65nm K8 out for a faster and much more effecient 45nm K10.5, dramatically increasing battery life, while hopefully the new 8 series chipset IGP will increase AMD's lead over Intel with IGPs. (remember, intel's highest clocked desktop IGP is competitive with the 3200, the mobiles are all 20% OR MORE slower)
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    twisted politiks , January 12, 2010 4:09 AM
    "Grim poses that triple core chips sit in a unique spot of performing better than dual-core processors while not incurring the power penalty of having four cores."

    Orly?!? lol how did he ever come to that logic. honestly, triple-core CPUs, imo, are just a way to make money off of the worthless quad-core's that didnt pass the test, albeit they are cheaper. sorry, i just had to comment on capt. obvious's statement
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    anamaniac , January 12, 2010 4:36 AM
    They can make a 35 watt sexacore, bout damned time they made a decent mobile chip!
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    Gin Fushicho , January 12, 2010 8:45 AM
    Sounds wonderful , they might spread out more in mobile tech now. =)
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    Yuka , January 12, 2010 12:43 PM
    Hope they can work on 32nm so they can *really* improve their watt/h ratio on the same performance class. I have my doubts about 45nm and 3-4 cores being "watt/h friendly", guess gonna need the benchies when they come out. And, in the same note, I wanna see a Radeon 5xxx with a Phenom on the same package already, come on AMD! Tease us a little at least! xD!

    Cheers!
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    godwhomismike , January 12, 2010 1:07 PM
    I was kind of hoping for a more firm time table than the vague "you'll see it by the end of the first half of this year."
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    Pei-chen , January 12, 2010 1:22 PM
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    AMD expects Danube to extend battery life by more than an hour.

    An hour over what? Turion II? C2D? or mobile i3? It is hard to tell the improvement without knowing the base.
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    konjiki7 , January 12, 2010 2:19 PM
    I think most people are forgetting that amd has yet to integrate high k metal gates into their processors. Which was the main feature that made the core 2's fast and efficient besides the die shrink.

    I'm impressed that amd is able to do so much with out switching to that technology. I figure amd will be in a hell of good position when they do decide to make this transition. Hopefully this happens on the 32nm process.
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    zorky9 , January 12, 2010 4:05 PM
    hmmm... that picture shows 2 mobile dual-cores slapped together.
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    gallidorn , January 12, 2010 5:03 PM
    It's not likely that core unlocking will take place, because most laptop bioses have extremely limited features.
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    NapoleonDK , January 12, 2010 6:18 PM
    zorky9hmmm... that picture shows 2 mobile dual-cores slapped together.

    Too bad they're out of your price range. =/ (I lol'd)
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