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.