AMD Bumps Notebook Battery to 8 Hours, Updates Desktop CPUs

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AMD is finding its way further into the ultrathin, long battery life notebook arena with its recently announced 2010 “Vision” series CPUs. The line be available “in sleek and affordable notebooks that can deliver up to eight hours of battery life” while scoring “50% better than a comparable Intel-based system with Nvidia discrete graphics,” according to AMD.

The company’s also got a new line of desktop CPUs on tap, highlighted by the new AMD Phenom II X6 CPU, which is a six-core processor. Both the notebook and desktop processor platforms are available today and will begin rolling out from various manufacturers shortly. Several of the Lenovo systems announced yesterday that’ll be out in June contain the new AMD chipsets.

The mobile processors are the big news here, though. Intel’s had a field day with its Atom-based processors being found in just about every netbook on the market. AMD’s previously-available “Neo” processors perform slightly better than comparable Atom chips, but the significantly shorter battery life that accompanies the Neo chips has been a pretty significant issue. If these new chips can indeed provide up to eight hours of battery while outperforming Intel’s platform, AMD might be able to make up some ground.

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