New Features in Amd's Latest Laptop Platforms

Mobile technology is moving in leaps and bounds. Intel and AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) have both come up with some brilliant new advances in mobile platforms for laptops. They allow clear and easy communication with other devices, no matter where you or your laptop goes. Intel’s Centrino brand has been the market leader for quite a while now, but AMD might just catch up with its latest advances.

AMD Mobile Platforms

AMD is developing a new line of mobile platforms for laptops, which include Mobility Radeon GPUs and AMD chipsets standard. These mobile platforms contain state-of-the-art processors intended to compete with top of the line mobile platforms such as the Intel Centrino line mentioned above.

In 2003, AMD began developing mobile platforms. They hope their current “Better by Design” initiative will revolutionize mobile platform technology.

AMD Puma Platform

The first of the “new generation” of AMD mobile platforms is the Puma Platform. This platform contains the Turion Ultra dual-core 64-bit processor or the Mobile Sempron single-core 64-bit processor. It has wireless IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n mini-PCle Wi-Fi adapter with the Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series GPU and the AMD M780 Series Chipset.

The Puma also includes ATI Hybrid Graphics, Hybrid hard drives support and HyperFlash memory modules with ReadyBoost. The Puma Platform also comes with Trusted Platform Module Support.

AMD Shrike Platform

On the horizon for 2009 is AMD’s much-anticipated Shrike Platform. The Shrike Platform incorporates a processor developed out of the Fusion Project, AMD’s codename for their next generation design of microprocessor, born out of the merger between AMD and ATI Technologies. This processor includes a DirectX compliant GPU core.

The platform also has DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM support, a Socket FS1, a Unified Video Decoder and a brand new mobile GPU core. Like the Puma, the Shrike offers Hybrid hard drive support and HyperFlash with ReadyBoost. The Shrike comes with both Trusted Platform Module Support and Ultra-wideband support.