AMD Demos 45nm Quad-Core; Details Puma Mobile Platform
AMD seems to be using CeBit to attract as much attention as it can (and it probably needs to). With Intel releasing its full line-up of quad-core 45nm processors soon, AMD is showing its own 45nm parts at CeBit running multiple operating systems and running intensive applications. The processors were produced at AMD's Fab 36 in Dresden using a 45nm process developed with IBM. AMD plans to deliver 45nm products later this year, though how much later is yet to be specified. Anything that gives Intel a bit of competition is good for us consumers though, so let's hope for the best.
AMD also released details of its 'Puma' mobile platform, which will make use of 780G chipset reported on earlier. This is AMD's first go at a full mobile platform (think Centino on the Intel side), with Puma platform notebooks specified as having a Turion Ultra (Griffin) CPU, RS780M Chipset and Wi-Fi adapter. The Turion Ultra is only dual-core for the time being, though future quad-core versions can't be ruled out. Several measures are implemented in an attempt to save on power, such as the CPU cores being able to run at independent frequencies, which can shift dynamically. PowerXpress technology should also allow you to switch between integrated and external graphics without a reboot. AMD is expecting Puma based notebooks to start shipping at the end of Q2.