7/3/2000: AMD presents his technology PowerNow! for portable
AMD presents his new portable processors K6-2 + working to 550 and 533 MHz. These processors are characterized for including the technology PowerNow! that allows to lengthen the duration of the batteries of the portable ones.
This technology is a progress of the previous one and it allows an automatic and dynamic adjustment of the speed (MHz) and I consume (voltage) of the processor, in real-time. Enough mikes of his competition keep on needing a manual selection of these parameters (we will choose speed or under consumption).
The processors are made by 0,18 microns technology, consume only 3 W in way of saving of battery and have 128 KB of cache memory L2 integrated. They need a specific BIOS that is already free in some of the new portable ones with this processor (HP, Compaq, Fujitsu, NEC...).
With the AMD technology we will have 3 functioning ways:
- High yield.
- Way of saving of battery.
- Automatic way, that there will fit dinámicamente the frequency and consumption of the processor to obtain an ideal yield with the minor consumption.
Transmeta, Intel and AMD, all pointing at the target of a minor consumption... The portable market is not calm, undoubtedly.
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