Wednesday, June 04, 2008

AMD Puma Platform Notebooks Now On The Prowl

amd puma logoToday at Computex 2008, AMD announced the availability of its next-generation, "Puma" notebook platform, delivering the ultimate HD visual performance and increased energy efficiency on the go. This next-generation AMD notebook platform will also serve as the foundation for new AMD Business Class, AMD GAME! and AMD LIVE!™ notebook solutions.

The "Puma Series" will feature the new AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processors with ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series Graphics for superior 3D performance and HD image quality, with industry-leading wireless for greater throughput and range. AMD customers overwhelmingly embrace the new platform, as evidenced by more than double the number of design wins compared to the last major AMD Turion processor introduction.

Along with the release of the new Puma line AMD announced the launch of ATI XGP (External Graphics Platform) Technology, a new external PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 graphics platform, designed to deliver enthusiast-class desktop graphic performance and true multimedia upgradeability to notebooks. ATI XGP is an exclusive technology that capitalizes on PCIe 2.0 to deliver enthusiast-class graphics via a connected cable to an externally powered and cooled device.

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ATI says that the device is externally powered and externally cooled so it won’t place demands on the notebook. Bandwidth in both directions is reported to be 4 Gbytes/s; ATI says that other external graphics solutions were limited in bandwidth.

The XGP platform is optimized to work with the new AMD Turion X2 Ultra notebook platforms. ATI XGP Technology is being first launched with the newly announced ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 series. As an industry first for notebooks, ATI XGP Technology delivers multi-GPU capabilities of scalable performance with ATI CrossFireX™ technology. The additional high bandwidth of the included USB 2.0 connectivity allows users to connect to a wide variety of USB-based devices, including external TV tuners, external Blu-ray players, and much more.

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