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AMD Pushes Multicore, Mobile Plans

At a forum before financial analysts in New York on Friday, AMD emphasized its intention to move beyond dual-core processors to four or more CPUs on a single chip within two years, as well as its plan to field mobile chips that can keep notebook-computer batteries running for seven hours.

"We're going to be adding faster dual-core processors," said Marty Seyer, the general manager of AMD's microprocessor business unit. "The architecture is evolving over time with greater features and greater scalability. In 2006, we'll add virtualization and security to the processor roadmap. We'll also introduce [support for] the next generation of memory.

After 2006, Seyer said AMD will begin moving beyond two CPUs on a single semiconductor die and start to field chips with four or more cores. "We'll add multicore," Seyer said. "We'll be able to scale to 16 cores. We'll [also] increase the size of cache and I/O performance."

In the mobile arena, Seyer indicated his intention to emphasize processor efficiency, in a bid to boost the battery life of notebook computers made with AMD chips. Seyer pointed to AMD's Turion 64, a 64-bit processor introduced this past January as a single-core device.

"We are investing quite heavily in mobile," Seyer said. "In January we introduced [our] Turion 64 processor. We have 40 design wins for Turion. We're going to evolve that CPU core over time. We're going to improve the power efficiency, [and] we're going to add the next generation of memory."

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