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Dell prepping Latitude notebooks with new AMD chips

updated 12:10 pm EDT, Thu May 3, 2007

Dell AMD-based Latitudes

Dell is readying two new notebooks based on AMD's new 65nm Turion 64 X2 processors, according to European suppliers. The 14- or 15.4-inch D531 and the exclusively 14-inch D631 will compare closely to the Intel-based D630 but use the lower-cost AMD chip to provide dual-core speed. The swap also provides the side benefit of the yet to be announced Radeon X1270: the new chip brings AMD-based systems up to par with the relatively fast integrated graphics of the Intel-oriented X1250.

Both mobile workstations will be flexible, with the choice of either 1280x800 or 1440x900 for the display resolution as well as up to 4GB of memory. The D631 will also have the option of trading up to faster 802.11n Wi-Fi through the previously mentioned Broadcom chipset.

Neither pricing nor exact release dates have escaped for either the D531 or the D631, though AMD's announcement of spring availability for notebooks using its new Turions suggests a release before the end of June at the latest. Costs will likely dip below those of Intel equivalents. [via Laptoping]

by MacNN Staff




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