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HP Pavilion dv2 Entertainment Notebook PC

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AMD announces a new ultrathin notebook platform

Intel has been hogging all of the limelight with its Atom processor. The tiny, 45nm processor has found its way into the majority of netbooks on the market and power devices ranging from $300 on up to $900+ range.

While Intel initially had the market cornered with the Atom processor and 945GM chipset, NVIDIA is now stepping into the market to provide its own IGP for the Atom. The NVIDIA Ion platform provides a single-chip solution and incorporates a GeForce 9400 GPU which completely obliterates anything Intel can currently offer with the Atom's chipset in graphics performance.

While NVIDIA is looking to simply shove Intel partly aside with its Ion offerings, AMD is looking to take on Intel its own with the new Yukon platform for "ultrathin" notebooks. Yukon incorporates a new Athlon Neo processor and ATI Radeon X1250 integrated graphics processor -- an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 discrete graphics processor is available as an option.

AMD says that the new platform is a nice balance between the bargain basement netbooks that have flooded the market and more functional (and higher priced) ultraportables. "Before today, there was a compromise associated with selecting a highly portable notebook, forcing consumers to choose either the full PC experience of an ultraportable at a high price or the limited PC experience of a mininotebook at a low price," stated Chris Cloran, AMD's Corporate VP of the Client Division.

"In introducing the AMD ultrathin notebook platform, AMD enables balanced PC performance, including the option of advanced graphics and video for true HD entertainment, all in an affordable, ultrathin notebook, bringing consumers uncompromised mobility."

AMD's poster child for the Yukon platform is the new HP Pavilion dv2 Entertainment Notebook PC. The dv2 incorporates the aforementioned 1.6GHz Athlon Neo MV-40 processor and the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3140 graphics processor. The notebooks includes a 12.1" LED backlit display (1280x800), 802.11n, WWAN support, support for up to a 500GB HDD, HDMI-out, near full-size keyboard, and an optional external Blu-ray drive.

Pricing for HP's Pavilion dv2 starts at $699.

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RE: Decent but...
By Rodney McNaggerton on 1/6/2009 7:09:19 PM , Rating: 2
Yes'm the ability to play HD movies on a small form factor appears to be the real grabber here. I do wonder about things like battery life, though.

RE: Decent but...
By MonkeyPaw on 1/6/2009 9:31:58 PM , Rating: 2
Well, having the GPU handle HD decode should be more efficient than having the just the CPU doing it. Beyond that, yeah, it all depends on what the CPU/GPU consumes. Atom uses like 2-5W, but the Intel chipset uses about 20-25W. I haven't seen what AMD's CPU+GPU solution consumes, net, but I'd imagine it's closer to 35-45W.

RE: Decent but...
By Gul Westfale on 1/7/2009 1:30:29 AM , Rating: 2
from what i've been reading on a german site AMD is claiming 25W platform power (CPU+chipset), which would make it about equal with intel.

the "athlon neo" is K8-based, so it should be way more powerful than the atom.

RE: Decent but...
By Samus on 1/7/2009 2:33:35 AM , Rating: 2
Ironically, the AMD CPU+chipset combination might use LESS power than the ATOM+G945, because the G945 has no advanced power saving features like the X1250...the G945 uses a lot of power and kills the ATOM platform's power advantage. Aside from obvious graphics performance advantages, that's what makes Yukon and Ion so interesting, imho.

RE: Decent but...
By Accord99 on 1/7/2009 4:25:50 AM , Rating: 2
The 22W is for the desktop variant of the 945 chipset. The mobile version is a lot lower power, for example I have a Dell 640m with a Merom 1.73GHz that idles at around 12W and uses 25W while running two Prime 95 threads for the entire notebook.

Atom netbooks seem to idle at around 8W and 12-15W at full CPU load.

RE: Decent but...
By JakeAMD on 1/7/2009 4:06:45 PM , Rating: 2
Just wanted to jump here and offer some clarity around TDP of our new platform. The Yukon platform is 27-35W depending on the OEM configuration. The Neo part we released yesterday is approxiamtely15W. Future versions of Neo are being design within a range of 8-15W. Battery life is dependent on many factors such as the type of applications being run, the brightness of the display, external devices attached, etc. The HP dv2 announced yesterday is expected to have a battery life around 4 hours under normal use.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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