AMD catches Intel in mobile clock-speed race

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) Monday introduced the latest versions of its mobile processors, the 1.2GHz mobile Athlon 4 and 950MHz mobile Duron processors. The new chips will compete head to head with Intel Corp.'s fastest mobile Pentium III-M and mobile Celeron processors, which run at speeds up to 1.2GHz and 933MHz, respectively.

Both the mobile Athlon 4 and mobile Duron processors use a 200MHz front-side bus and AMD's PowerNow power-management technology, which the company claims can extend battery life by up to 30 percent. The mobile AMD Athlon 4 has 384K bytes of on-chip cache and the mobile Duron has 192K bytes of on-chip cache.

The 1.2GHz mobile Athlon 4 is priced at US$525 and the 950MHz mobile AMD Duron processor is priced at $160, in 1,000-unit quantities. By comparison, Intel's 1.2GHz mobile Pentium III-M processor costs $722 and the 933MHz mobile Celeron processor costs $134, in 1,000 unit quantities.

The 1.2GHz mobile Athlon 4 and 950MHz mobile Duron will both find homes in Compaq Computer Corp.'s Presario 700 series of consumer notebooks, AMD said in a statement. Those systems are expected to be available Nov. 21.

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