AMD might be late to the party, but at least they have shown up. Four months after rival Intel unveiled the Core Duo processor for notebooks, chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices has announced the Turion 64 X2, its own version of a mobile dual core processor. The new model of chips will be available in four different varieties – the 1.6GHz TL-50, 1.6GHz TL-52, 1.8GHz TL-56 and 2.0GHz TL-60. Prices for the processors will range from $184 to $354 in 1,000 unit lots. The first notebooks featuring the Turion are expected to ship later this month, with several major makers expected to ship by July.
The first generation of Turion chips helped AMD increase their market share to an all-time high of 12% in the last quarter of 2005. The company obviously hopes that the Turion 64 X2 will continue that trend. AMD has also announced an upgrade to their single-core Sempron chip, making it mobile-friendly and upgrading it to 64-bit capabilities.