Tuesday, March 20th 2007

AMD redesigning their Turion mobile platform to break 5 hour barrier for battery life

Owners of AMD laptops know that AMD is working very hard to extend laptop battery life while maintaining a nice performance. Intel has been working just as hard to beat AMD at their own game, and with the Santa Rosa platform, it looks like Intel is becoming a serious threat to the battery life crown. And so, AMD will be updating the Kite platform, which hosts the Turion processors. The new Kite platform will support DDR2 RAM, 65nm "Hawk" processors, and socket S1. The new Kite platform will be based on the AMD RS690T chipset, which is a low power variant of the AMD RS690 desktop chipset. The graphics will be provided by an integrated solution not unlike the X700 series. The southbridge chipset will be an SB700, which will provide the various IO functions. We should see the new Kite sometime this year. AMD will further their work in saving power sometime in 2008, by applying some K10 architecture ideas to the "Griffen" architecture. As I said before, AMD is aiming to break the five-hour barrier for battery life, and not by buying a bigger battery.Source: Nordic Hardware
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3 Comments on AMD redesigning their Turion mobile platform to break 5 hour barrier for battery life

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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I thought that barrier was broken with intel a while ago? Ive seen reviews mentioning how battery life was like 7+ hours on a laptop running the low voltage pentium m...
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zekrahminator
McLovin
Hmmm, lemme see a link to that, and then I'll revise the link ;). I get about 4 hours of battery life on my (dad's :p) Gateway laptop with Windows Vista, a Pentium D (or something like that, it's got two cores), and a gig of RAM. But, I'm assuming that this five-hour barrier is being broken with a simple 6 cell battery. Plug some of these things into 8 or 12 cell batteries, and you've got some nice battery life :).
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kakazza
by: WarEagleAU
I thought that barrier was broken with intel a while ago? Ive seen reviews mentioning how battery life was like 7+ hours on a laptop running the low voltage pentium m...
Those are business notebooks with ULV CPUs. Usually 12". I guess this is aimed at "normal" users.
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