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AMD launches 64-bit Turion mobile processor

New chips to appear in notebooks soon

AMD today introduced its Turion line of 64bit mobile processors and said several notebook makers plan to introduce systems based on the new chips.

AMD is offering seven Turion 64 mobile processor models identified by a new naming system. They are the ML-37, ML-34, ML-32, ML-30, MT-34, MT-32 and MT-30.

The first two letters identify the chips as members of the Turion line of mobile chips, with the second letter indicating the chip's relative power consumption. Letters closer to the end of the alphabet indicate lower power consumption and longer battery life.

The numbers indicate the chip's performance relative to other processors from the same product line, with higher numbers signalling better relative performance.

Under this naming system, the ML-37 offers better performance than the MT-34, but the latter offers lower power consumption and longer battery life.

Several vendors, including Fujitsu-Siemens, Acer, Asustek and BenQ, plan to introduce notebooks based on the Turion 64 chip in the coming months. However, leading PC makers like Dell, HP and IBM are notably missing from the list of companies that plan to offer Turion 64-based systems.

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