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AMD wants to make small laptops cheaper with Yukon

Agam Shah | Jan. 6, 2009
AMD will launch mobile chips on Tuesday that it hopes will make thin laptops cheaper.

Yukon was first announced in November as part of an updated product roadmap. The update was part of an effort to reverse financial losses and better compete with industry leader Intel, analysts said.

Also at CES, AMD is expected to launch Phenom II desktop chips, aimed at gamers and enthusiasts. According to retail Web sites, the quad-core chips include 8MB of cache and run at speeds of 2.8GHz to 3Ghz. AMD last year overclocked the Phenom II processor to run as fast as 4GHz on air-cooled systems, and up to 5GHz with liquid-nitrogen cooling.

Faster Phenom II chips could reach consumers by midyear, when DDR3 memory support is added to sockets on the motherboard. DDR3 provides more bandwidth for quicker data transfers between the CPU and memory in PCs.


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