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AMD Adds 802.11g to Mobile Athlons

Keeping up with the wireless craze, AMD Tuesday ushered in three new processors that take advantage of the latest 802.11 technology.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based semiconductor maker said its Athlon XP-M processors 2800+, 2000+ and 1900+ are compatible with current graphics and wireless solutions, including 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g.

All three 0.13 micron processors feature 512KB of on-die L2 cache and support frontside bus speeds of up to 266MHz. The new additions bring AMD's total number of Athlon XP-M processors up to 23.

But, the new mobile chips are the first to take advantage of the 802.11g standard, which was formally approved last week. 802.11g is the high speed (54Mbps) wireless networking technology that is backward compatible with the slower 802.11b (sometimes referred to as Wi-Fi). AMD says it had been waiting for the standard to be finalized before announcing compatible products.

In the thin-and-light category, AMD says its Athlon XP-M processors 2000+ and 1900+ (priced at $134 and $123, respectively in 1,000-unit quantities) are low-voltage workhorses that are being snapped up by companies like Fujitsu for its LifeBook S2000.

In grander scale, AMD said its AMD Athlon XP-M processor 2800+ for desktop replacement notebooks is priced at $230 in 1,000-unit quantities.

"AMD works closely with computer manufacturers to understand what their customers look for in a notebook," said Rich Heye, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit. "The addition of these three new mobile AMD processors helps ensure that manufacturers can deliver on-the-go productivity, crisp graphics and extended battery life to their customers."

U.K.-based Time Computers said it will feature the mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor 2800+ in its Time Traveller 'AR' series of notebooks beginning June 17. AMD says it is lining up additional vendors put its 2800+ in their notebooks later this year.