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AMD updates notebook processor line-up

AMD has added quite a few new SKUs to its mobile processor line-up, in a move similar to the one we saw on the desktop just a couple of weeks ago.

This means there are nine new processors that either fill in gaps or reinforce existing products with minor speed bumps, according to a report on CPU World. These are also all 35W and 25W processors that fit into the various price brackets that you can find on the market.

Topping the list is the Phenom II N950 quad-core running at 2.1GHz. It's a speed bump at best, as is the Phenom II P940 (1.7GHz), only a bit thriftier on the power.

The Phenom II P840 seems to be the most interesting of the nine, as it offers tri-core processing at 1.9GHz while keeping the power consumption at 25W. It should be able to provide you with enough grunt for day-to-day use and still save a bit on the battery. It has a bigger brother dubbed the N850, also a tri-core, which comes clocked at 2.2GHz, but is a 35W part.

There is a dual-core Phenom II N640 in there, based on the Athlon II design, as it sports 2x1MB L2 caches and runs at a zippy 2.9GHz.

Turions get two upgrades, the N550 and P540 at 2.6GHz and 2.4GHz respectively. Both have large 2x1MB L2 caches like the N640. The P version is rated at just 25W.

Finally the Athlon II which is marketed as the budget mobile processor in the AMD line-up: there is the N350 2.4GHz and the P340 2.2GHz, both with Phenom-like 512KB L2 caches

At the very bottom of the list is the Netbook-like CPU V140 single-core 2.3GHz processor. Unfortunately the fact that it's single-core does little to mitigate the power consumption. 25W it is, then.

All of these new CPUs use the S1g4 socket present in the Danube platform and are not compatible with previous generations.