October 18, 2009

AMD to launch Congo platform in early November 2009 timeframe

AMD to launch Congo platform in early November 2009 timeframe
AMD plans to launch its Congo platform for ultra-thin notebooks at the end of October or beginning of November, after postponing the launch from the end of July as originally planned due to demand for ultra-thin notebooks was not being as strong as expected, according to sources at notebook players.

AMD's next generation ultra-thin notebook platform (Congo) will feature a dual-core Turion Neo X2 L625 or Athlon Neo X2 L335/L325 or single-core Athlon Neo MV-40 processor and M780G chipsets.

Although AMD has not yet announced the Congo platform, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has already launched s 12.1-inch ultra-thin notebook (DV2-1113AX) in Taiwan at a price at NT$25,000 (US$776.24) that features an Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU (that will be used in the Congo platform) combined with the RS690E chipset from the Yukon platform.

HP also has another ultra-thin model priced at NT$32,000 that features a Turion Neo X2 L625 CPU.

AMD will launch two more platforms – Nile and Brazos – over the next two years for the ultra-thin notebook segment, the sources noted.

In addition to the ultra-thin notebook platform, AMD's traditional notebook platform Tigris will appear after the launch of Windows 7. The platform will features a 45nm processor from either the Sempron M100, Athlon II M300, Turion II M500 or Turion II Ultra M600 series.


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