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AMD and The Push in the Mobile Market

This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.

AMD has been attempting to get into the mobile market of sales for as long as I can remember. Their initial attempts were less that successful with the K6 line of processors. Yes, they did make a slight dent in the otherwise impenetrable armor of Intel, but their products were never looked at in the same light. They were big, bulky and not as powerful or fast as their Intel powered counterpart machines.


With the release of the first Athlon XP processors based on the Palomino core back in October of 2001, AMD has been touting their readiness to enter the mobile market. The process of their entry has been slow and tedious, to say the least. With each processor release from AMD on the desktop market, a corresponding release of the mobile processor was also usually announced – but we rarely saw any products available to users for months at a time.


The reason was simply because AMD didn’t have the same number of companies wanting to use AMD processors in the laptops. When Intel releases a new mobile chip, the infrastruture is already there and the necessary research and development is very fast. But in AMD’s case, system builders nearly had to start from scratch and that is why we see such a long delay between product releases and product availability.


Just another point in the same manner is that the laptop review that you are reading today is based on the Athlon XP 1800+ processor – one that was released to the mobile market on July 15th, 2002.



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header="header1">CPU / processor 

bgColor=#ffffff>min: Athlon XP1400+ (1.2
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max: Athlon XP2000+ (1.67 GHz)
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header="header1">cache description 

bgColor=#e7e7e7>256KB L2 cache


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header="header1">memory description 

bgColor=#ffffff>min: 128 MB
max: 1024 MB


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header="header1">display size 

bgColor=#ffffff>13.3, 14.1 or 15-in TFT XGA or 15-in TFT SXGA+

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header="header1">display resolution 

bgColor=#e7e7e7>External video: Up to 32-bit per pixel color
depth. Supports 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024,
1400 x 1050, 1600 x 1200, or 2048 X 1536 resolutions up to
160-Hz refresh rate dependent upon monitor capability,
resolution and color depth settings.


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header="header1">video adapter description 

bgColor=#ffffff>ATI Radeon IPG video graphics with 16MB DDR
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header="header1">hard drive 

bgColor=#ffffff>min: 20 GB
max: 40 GB
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header="header1">optional modules 

bgColor=#e7e7e7>8X DVD/CD-RW combination drive, 16X CD-RW
drive, 8X DVD-ROM drive or 24X CD-ROM drive


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header="header1">audio 

bgColor=#ffffff>JBL Pro Speakers with bass reflex and 16-bit
stereo sound; Dedicated hardware volume controls;
headphone-out port, microphone-in port
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header="header1">I/O ports 

bgColor=#e7e7e7>Enhanced Parallel EPP/ECP; and 2 USB Ports


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header="header1">communications 

bgColor=#ffffff>Type III Mini PCI 56K (V.92) modem


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header="header1">slots 

bgColor=#e7e7e7>One Type II PC Card slot which supports both
32-bit CardBus and 16-bit PC Cards


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header="header1">power 

bgColor=#ffffff>External 90-watt AC adapter, 6-foot power cord
included. Total length including External AC adapter is 12
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header="header1">keyboard 

bgColor=#e7e7e7>102-key compatible keyboard with isolated,
inverted-T cursor control keys, and right-control key, special
feature hotkeys for instant access to power conservation,
toggle between internal and external, or simultaneous
displays, and control brightness and contrast.


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header="header1">mouse / pointing device description 

bgColor=#ffffff>Touchpad with 4-way scroll


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header="header1">operating system 

bgColor=#ffffff>Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional Edition or
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home preinstalled with support for
Windows 2000
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header="header1">drivers and utilities / pre-installed
software 

bgColor=#e7e7e7>Diagnostics for Microsoft Windows; DVD
Playback Software; Compaq Security Management; Safety and
Comfort Guide; Compaq Power Management Acrobat® Reader;
Reference Guide; Norton Internet Security; Compaq Easy Access
Button Software


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header="header1">software included 

bgColor=#ffffff>Diagnostics for Microsoft Windows; DVD
Playback Software; Compaq Security Management; Safety and
Comfort Guide; Compaq Power Management Acrobat® Reader;
Reference Guide; Norton Internet Security; Compaq Easy Access
Button Software


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header="header1">security management 

bgColor=#ffffff>Configuration Control Hardware; Memory Change
Alert; Ownership Tag; Set-up Password; Power-On Password;
Enabled for PC SmartCard options; Kensington Lock
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header="header1">weight 

bgColor=#ffffff>From 6.6 lb.
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header="header1">dimensions
(w x d x h) 

bgColor=#e7e7e7>12.89 x 10.53 x 1.55 in.


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header="header1">warranty and support 

bgColor=#ffffff>One-year, Worldwide Limited Warranty, pick-up
or carry-in. Warranty term upgrades and toll-free 7 X 24
hardware technical phone suport available. Certain
restrictions and exclusions apply.


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