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AMD Outlines Road Map, Dives Deeper Into Low Power

Advanced Micro Devices on Friday promised to deliver next year a 25-watt mobile Athlon 64, opening the door for the processor maker's high-end chip to compete in the thin-and-light notebook market.

AMD executives, speaking at a briefing for financial analysts at the company's Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters, said two design teams currently are working on reducing CPU power consumption, which in turn allows systems makers to develop smaller mobile devices with longer battery life.

"One of those [teams] will be focused on the 7-watt to 25-watt area," said Dirk Meyer, executive vide president of AMD's computational products group. "Another one will be focused on a power regime that is currently unoccupied by anybody and that is the less-than-5-watt space."

Meyer said the developing devices that use less than 5 watts of power is an area that has yet to be exploited.

"Here you see a form factor that we will introduce in 2006 that will open up a large number of opportunities that can't be realized by today's x86 technology, ranging from handheld computers to who knows what," Meyer said.

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