CES 2009 CoverageBosco - January 7, 2009
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Today OCC met with AMD, who talked about a few new technologies and products coming our way. We all just recently saw the release of the AMD Phenom II processors and the Dragon platform comprised of the Phenom II CPUs, AMD 790GX based motherboards and HD 4000 series graphics cards. Along with those releases AMD has lined up new mobile graphics solutions, the ATI Mobility Radeon 4000 series. There will be several flavors available including HD 4300, HD 4500, HD 4600, and HD 4800 series cards. The HD 4300 is designed for graphics with surperb power saving capabilities, the HD 4500 and HD 4600 series are more price per watt efficient when it comes to power, and the HD 4800 series is targeted at the mobile gaming community. All products will feature the ATI Unified Video Decoder and are the first mobile graphics cards to feature HDMI output with 7.1 surround sound. The new HD 4870 Mobility will also feature super fast GDDR5 graphics memory. This graphic card info was provided on a media release we did not meet with anyone on the graphics side of AMD.
In addition to the new Mobility graphics, AMD is releasing a new mobile processor for ultra light notebooks named the AMD Athlon Neo. The new ultra thin notebooks based on the AMD Neo will offer balanced performance and optional advanced graphics packages using the ATI Radeon X1250 or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 graphics solutions. The first notebook to feature the new Athlon Neo Processor will be the HP DV2, which is slated for release this year, with prices starting at $699.