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.
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.
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.
PII X6 will hit i7's hard. If more people realize that it will be even better.