AMD ships faster Turion mobile processors

AMD shipped two low-power 64-bit Turion microprocessors, and said Voodoo Computers is among the first to sell them in notebooks.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) introduced two new low-power-consumption 64-bit microprocessors, the MT-37 and the MT-40, to its Turion mobile range on Monday.

The model names identify two aspects of the processors' performance. The T signifies that they are part of the low power-consumption range of Turion mobile processors (components from the ML series consume more power), while the numbers signify that the processors' computing power is at the top of the range currently on offer. AMD already offers processors with designations from ML-28 to ML-40, and from MT-28 to MT-34.

The price of the MT-37 is US$268 in quantities of 1,000, while the MT-40 costs US$359, AMD said. The MT-28 is listed at US$159 in the same quantities.

The processors are available worldwide immediately, and computers containing them will soon be available for delivery in North America, according to AMD.

Voodoo Computers of Alberta, for example, is already taking orders for laptops containing the faster processors through its Web site. The Envy Featherweight a:228 model retails for US$1,892.82 with an MT-28 processor. Replacing that with an MT-37 adds US$230.99 to the cost, while an MT-40 adds just US$222.40, according to Voodoo's Web site.

AMD said it also expects Voodoo to offer the processors in the heavier Envy Middleweight a:538, but that model is not listed on Voodoo's site.

Machines containing Turion mobile processors will run 32-bit versions of Microsoft's Windows operating systems, but also have support for 64-bit applications, AMD said.

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