AMD Puma to Intel Centrino: "Surrender Your Laptops!"

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AMD is charging against Intel's current Santa Rosa dominance and future Montevina platforms with their Puma chipset. They said it has been designed for mobile computing from the ground up. I say it was about bloody time already.

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At the core of Puma there is their new Griffin 65nm mobile processor, with cores in separate power planes (so they can be managed separately and save energy), a new DRAM pre-fetcher (to increase efficiency on memory operations) and HyperTransport 3.0 (so you can travel through interdimensional portals and do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs).

On paper the Griffin is not that different from the Intel Core 2 Duos. However, the big news are in the chipset itself, which has features that are not present in Santa Rosa and even Montevina. You can read about them after the jump.

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The AMD 780G can deliver DirectX 10 graphics acceleration, full high definition H.264 decoding with both HDMI and Display Port outputs and 5GHz PCI Express ports. As you know, Santa Rosa doesn't have any of these features. Montevina won't have 5GHz PCI Express support until 2010. AMD will also add the option for HyperFlash, which is a technology similar to Intel Turbo Memory.

Keep in mind that Puma is not here yet and these are only "platform details" announced by AMD. They have even pointed to a new platform called Fusion, which will feature CPU-GPU integration for laptops in 2009. Intel has said that they are also investigating that path but for the time being, my bet is that they are thinking "fusion-schmusion" as Santa Rosa takes over the world today.

AMD "Puma" Mobile Platform Details Unveiled [Daily Tech]

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"Seems that the Kessel Run is incredibly dangerous, and the shortest distance is actually the challenge. 12 parsecs is pretty much the most direct route to do the Kessel Run in, so it's an implication of speed. You know - to avoid the danger."

Yes...'The Kessel Run' was actually a route that drug smugglers (like everyones favorite FIRST-SHOT-FIRING scruffy Nerf herder) used to evade Imperial patrols while transporting illegal shipments of drugs from the planet 'Kessel' where it was actually mined in a prison camp. The reason it was so dangerous was because it looped in and around a cluster of black holes, making traversion a dicey business at best.

Han Solo's big accomplishment there wasn't just finding the shortest route (and thus the fastest) *possible*. By, more or less accidentally, skimming suicidally close to a black hole, a phenomena which to a certain degree can warp time and space, he actually ended up traveling a route that was technically *not possible* via the conventional laws of physics.

Those little tidbits come mainly from the Han Solo trilogy of books. Some of the very best ones

in the Star Wars arcana. Definitely worth a read if you'd like to know how Han, Chewie and Lando all met, how Han got the Millennium Falcon, why he's down on religion, how he ended up owing Jabba a mint, and why HAN FIRED FIRST...

Good lord, I didn't realize I was THIS geeky...