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AMD Pushes Mobile Performance

AMD has something for power-hungry notebook users: a new 64-bit processor. Announced today, the Athlon 64 processor 4000+ is designed for high-performance, full-sized notebook computers and is available now.

As an alternative to market leader Intel, AMD has made significant inroads in the consumer desktop space and, more recently, in servers with the release of its 64-bit, dual-core line of processors. On the notebook side, manufacturers have been slower to use AMD processors where Intel's Centrino and Pentium M lines are more established.

AMD only listed one customer for the 4000+ processor in its announcement, although more are certainly expected. The AMILO A1667G notebook from Fujitsu Siemens is expected to be available next month throughout Europe. Separately, AMD said VoodoPC is using the AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor in its high-end gaming notebook.

But this is in stark contrast to Intel , which normally would have numerous partner announcements at the release of a new chip.

"Bringing the latest Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor to this new AMILO notebook allows us to continue to offer our customers cutting-edge technology and performance," said Herbert Schönebeck, vice president of Fujitsu Siemens Computers' Consumer Business Unit, in a statement.

The AMD 4000+ series comes standard with the company's Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP), a security feature designed to prevent the spread of malicious code. The 4000+ is priced at $382 in 1,000-unit quantities.

For thin and light notebooks, AMD introduced Turion, a single-core, low-power, 64-bit processor family, back in March. Based on AMD's "Lancaster" designs, the low-voltage, 754-pin-compatible Turion processor is made using 90-nanometer production and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology. In addition, AMD recently expanded its offerings in the Mobile AMD Sempron processor family, offering models for both thin-and-light and full-size notebooks.