AMD PowerNow!™ Technology Enables Extended Battery Life in New Compaq Armada Commercial Notebook PC
AMD-K6®-2+ processor-based notebook targets small and medium business, government and education markets
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD today announced that Compaq Computer Corporation is now offering a 533MHz AMD-K6®-2+ processor-based notebook computer for business users around the world.
The Compaq Armada 100S, available immediately through Compaq's DirectPlus Web site (www.directplus.compaq.com) or through Compaq's many authorized resellers worldwide, offers business users a full-featured notebook PC at a very competitive price. It features the cutting-edge AMD PowerNow!™ technology which enables extended battery life on notebook PCs by up to 30 percent.
"The AMD-K6®-2+ processor gives business users the performance, power savings, reliability and value that they need to help lower their total cost of ownership and bring stability to their commercial computing environments," said Rob Herb, executive vice president of AMD. "AMD PowerNow!™ technology gives business users the extended battery life they need to boost productivity at the office, in the air or on the road."
"Compaq has successfully sold mobile AMD-K6®-2+ processors in the small and growing business segment for more than a year," said Ken Willett, vice president of Product Marketing, Commercial Personal Computing Group, Compaq Computer Corporation. "The addition of the AMD-K6®-2+ processor with its AMD PowerNow!™ technology to the Armada 100S enhances our commercial notebook lineup. Aggressively priced at only $1,099, the Compaq Armada 100S provides customers a low cost, easy-to-use notebook that incorporates mainstream computing technologies without compromises."
In addition to the 533MHz AMD-K6®-2+ processor with AMD PowerNow!™ technology, the Compaq Armada 100S comes equipped with up to a 13.3 TFT screen, 24x CD-ROM drive, 1.44 MB floppy drive, 5GB hard drive, integrated speakers and microphone, and much more. Standard features of the AMD-K6-2+ processor and Super7™ platform include a 100MHz front-side bus; AMD 3DNow!™ technology for a richer visual experience; 2X AGP graphics; and high-speed 128K on-chip L2 cache.
For more details about the AMD-K6®-2+ processor-based Compaq Armada 100S notebook computer, please go to http://www1.compaq.com/smb/detail/0,1522,wp~20355_2,00.html
About AMD PowerNow!™ Technology
AMD PowerNow!™ technology can significantly extend the battery life of notebook PCs by up to 30 percent while delivering performance on demand.
AMD PowerNow!™ technology is a combination of software and hardware support that allows the processor to run at different frequencies and voltages. There are three basic modes of operation, including AMD's unique "automatic" mode.
- Automatic Mode - the system monitors application usage and continuously varies operating frequency and voltage to deliver performance on demand while optimizing battery life.
- High Performance Mode - the CPU runs at maximum frequency and voltage.
- Battery Saver Mode - the CPU runs at lowest frequency and voltage to maximize system battery life.
Under most conditions the system can be run in automatic mode (whether it is on AC or DC power) and the user will get all the benefits of AMD PowerNow!™ technology, such as the ability to prolong battery life and a cooler, quieter running notebook. A simple Windows® control panel allows the user to change modes to high-performance mode or battery saver mode.
Launched in June 2000, AMD PowerNow!™ technology was a finalist in the "Best Mobile Device" category of CNET's Best of Show Awards at PC Expo in New York City (June 26-29, 2000).
About the Mobile AMD-K6®-2+ Processor
The Mobile AMD-K6®-2+ processor offers exceptional performance and features for value notebook PCs. The processor incorporates a 128Kbyte on-chip, L2 cache, support for the innovative AMD PowerNow!™ technology, an enhanced implementation of AMD's 3DNow!™ instruction set with digital signal processing (DSP) instructions, and a 100MHz front-side bus.
Mobile AMD-K6®-2+ processors operate at a core voltage of 1.4 to 2.0 Volts, have an extended case temperature rating of 85 degrees Celsius, and dissipate as little as 3 Watts of power when running in the AMD PowerNow!™ technology's battery-saver mode of operation. The processors are available in Socket 7/Super7™ platform-compatible 321-pin ceramic Pin Grid Array packages, and are manufactured at AMD's Fab 25 wafer fabrication facility in Austin, Texas.