AMD’s Dual Core Laptops
On May 17, 2006, AMD announced its first 64 bit dual-core laptop processors: the Turion 64 X2 series. Thanks to its two processor cores, these CPUs are capable of concurrently running several applications. This means that they substantially reduce input delays when the user switches tasks, and enable the development of much more powerful laptops. Even better, power consumption is apparently not much higher than that of its predecessor, the Turion 64.
Unlike its competitor, AMD’s Turion 64 X2 mobile platform is open: the chipset and WLAN components are not made exclusively by AMD, but come from renowned manufacturers like ATI, nVidia, Airgo, Atheros and Broadcom. However, this won’t be the case for long, as ATI is reported to be joining the AMD fold shortly…
Be that as it may, ATI offers two chipset variants for Turion 64 X2 laptop processors: the Radeon Xpress 1100 and 1150. nVidia’s portfolio features a combination of nForce Go 430 MCP and GeForce Go 6150 IGP for these CPUs. Both chipsets have integrated graphics cores.