Toshiba details first AMD laptops in seven years

Satellite A215 series laptops to be based on AMD’s Turion 64 X2 dual-core processors

Toshiba has disclosed details of a new range of laptop computers based on processors from AMD - the first AMD-based machines the company has sold in about seven years.

The Satellite A215 series laptops will be based on AMD's Turion 64 X2 dual-core processors and also feature Radeon X1200 graphics from ATI, which AMD bought last year. Other specifications include a 15.4-inch widescreen display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, serial ATA (SATA) hard-disk drive and DVD super-multi-drive, compatible with 11 disc formats including DVD+/-R dual-layer discs.

Toshiba stopped using AMD processors in its laptop computers in 2000, making its complete line Intel-only. The company didn't disclose the reason for dropping the chips, but about two years ago AMD alleged in a lawsuit against Intel that Toshiba had received a "very substantial" payment from Intel.

Like other PC vendors, Toshiba was receiving "market development funds" from Intel worth about $US25 million to $US30 million per quarter and those would have been jeopardised if it used AMD chips, the lawsuit alleged. The case between AMD and Intel continues.

In a statement, Toshiba said it had seen increased consumer demand over the past two years for AMD-based platforms.

The Satellite A215-S4767, combines the Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology Gold Edition TL64 processor with 2GB of memory, a 250GB hard-disk drive, DVD super multi-drive, 802.11b/g wireless LAN, embedded Web cam and fingerprint reader.

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