AMD, Intel to sort out notebook performance

AMD, Intel to sort out notebook performance
Richard Ball AMD and Intel are both planning to eliminate the performance limitations that have plagued notebook PCs. “We’re aiming for the gap between desktop and notebooks to be cut down,” said Rana Mainee, an analyst at AMD. “It’s about one and a half speed grades at the moment.” However, the competing firms are using different techniques to achieve the goal. “Our processors are smaller than Intel’s, and generate less heat,” said Rainee. “When we moved to 0.25?m we found normal desktop parts could be used within the thermal envelope of a notebook.” Intel’s approach is to run the processor in different modes depending on whether the notebook is connected to mains power or batteries. “We’ll be getting parity with desktop by the end of this year, which is 600MHz,” said an Intel spokesperson. The comments followed AMD’s announcement that mobile K6-2 processors running at 350 and 380MHz are being used by Compaq in its Prosignia notebook PCs.


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