Today, AMD announced its new platform for notebooks (codename “Puma”), the first since its acquisition of graphics maker ATI. Although AMD is clearly still going after budget-conscious shoppers with light computing needs, it’s also courting Intel’s and Nvidia’s power users with its discrete graphics and HD video playback. Here’s what the platform consists of:
HD 3800 series (3850, 3870, and 3870 X2) is designed for gaming. The first notebook GPU to support Microsoft DirectX 10.1. Claims to be energy efficienct. Support for full HD resolution (need an external monitor, however).
AMD also announced ATI XGP Technology, an external box that lends a system discrete graphics capability. It has a proprietary connector that’s too large for an HDMI port. No word yet on the price. According to AMD, here’s how Puma stacks up against Intel’s Penryn platform:
Sounds like fightin’ words to us. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on a system with Puma and seeing if it lives up to its promises.