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Acer and HP get mobile with AMD

When it comes to Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD) latest mobile processor, HP and Acer Computer are taking divergent paths. The PC vendors launched different versions of their AMD Turion 64-based notebooks on June 22.

When it comes to Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD) latest mobile processor, HP and Acer Computer are taking divergent paths. The PC vendors launched different versions of their AMD Turion 64-based notebooks on June 22. While Acer will be hitting fashion- and speed-conscious users with its new Ferrari notebooks, HP is placing its trust largely on the small and medium-sized business (SMB) sector with its Pavilion and Compaq Presario notebook line-up.

HP has been rapidly rolling out a number of business notebooks lately in the hopes of differentiating itself from Dell, which sells only Intel machines. Its Compaq nx6125 notebook PC, for instance, is the 11th business notebook the company has introduced in the last 140 days.

“We have chosen to incorporate the latest AMD Turion 64 mobile technology in our new business notebook PC in order to offer our customers a true choice in high-performance mobile computing,” said Dan Forlenza, vice president, worldwide commercial notebooks, personal systems group, HP.

Turion is AMD’s first mobile desktop processor. It is basically the same chip as its Athlon 64 processor but has been altered to consume less power. HP is using the ML class of Turion chips, which are the more powerful category of the two Turion varieties introduced earlier this year.

The HP Compaq nx6125 weighs 5.9 pounds and comes with a 15-inch display. A base configuration consists of a Turion ML-28 processor, 256Mb ytes of memory, a 40Gbyte hard drive, a DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive, a Mobility Radeon X300 graphics chip from ATI Technologies, and an integrated 802.11b/g wireless chip from Broadcom.

HP also included a fingerprint reader and each region of the world will set its own warranty policies, in an attempt to address customer concerns about security and support specific to a region.

By contrast, Acer’s Ferrari 4000 notebook features a 2GHz Turion 64 ML-37 processor, 15.4-inch widescreen display, ATI’s Mobility Radeon X700 graphics chip with 128Mbytes of video memory, 1Gbytes of memory, and a 100Gbyte hard drive.

“We have had a great deal of success with our Ferrari branded notebooks based on AMD64 technology,” said Walter Deppeler, senior corporate vice president, Acer. “We look forward to continued success with our forthcoming notebook designs based on AMD Turion 64 mobile technology.”

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