AMD Prepping Triple, Quad Core Mobile CPUs

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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