by CIO Staff

AMD Chips Allow for Smaller, Sleeker PCs

May 16, 20062 mins
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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on Tuesday will show off its new, more energy-efficient chips that the company says will enable PC manufacturers to decrease the size of their machines and make them sleeker, the Associated Press reports via

AMD, the number-two company in the processor market behind chip giant Intel, says its new chips consume significantly less power than any chip it or Intel currently offers, and they were created for PC makers who want to produce less bulky and more stylish machines, according to the AP.

The chips, to be available by the end of May, will come in two categories, and they’ll be released under AMD’s Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 and Sempron brands, the AP reports.

The 65-watt chip can increase energy efficiency by as much as 37 percent in comparison to the company’s 89-watt processor, and the new 35-watt offering can double processing efficiency per watt, according to the AP.

The new chips will start at $101 for the smallest model and $671 for the high-end when bought in volume, the AP reports.

The announcement comes at a time when AMD and Intel are in fierce competition for the leading slot in the chip space.

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