AMD or Intel laptops - what 2010 could bring to the table
While the Netbook offers ever-smaller PCs for those for whom size is an issue, it has left the laptop manufacturers free to concentrate on functionality,
performance and processor speed. The major battle is between the two giants of processors - AMD and Intel.
Intel - ahead of the game
The big news for 2010 is the introduction of Intel's new â€˜Arrandale' chip, the mobile version of the dual-core 32nm Westmere line. This chip has the
usual dual core processing facilities, but with the added advantage that it supports hyperthreading and that it will have both the 32nm processor die
and a 45nm graphics die on the same chip. By integrating more features onto a single chip, Intel is going head to head with AMD's existing integrated
chips, and the ones who will really benefit from this battle of the processors is the consumer as laptops become better able to support multiple
functionality and integrated graphics processing.
With AMD, the big change will be the introduction of quad-core mobile processors and a new integrated graphics chip. This shows the trend for both
manufacturers, who are both gearing up for 2011 which is when the current processor technology takes a big jump forward. They are both preparing
the marketplace for the introduction of combined processor and graphics cores to form a single die from each company. The real winners here will be
gamers and those who use their laptops for graphics packages such as CAD, with accelerated processing speeds, higher resolution and faster
graphics download times.
In the meantimeâ€¦
But all of that is in the future, so what about now? With so much advancement taking place at such a rapid pace, how do customers know whether to
go for AMD or Intel? Intel has always had a much higher public profile (almost anyone into technology knows the Intel â€˜theme tune', thanks to an
aggressive marketing campaign), whereas AMD has always been more of a â€˜backroom' boy. Although the two processors are comparable, it is I