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AMD launches new mobile chipset

AMD has launched the mobile version of its 690 chipset.

Today AMD announced the M690 chipset, a mobile version of the 690 chipset announced a month ago. Like its desktop counterpart, the M690 seems aimed at the entertainment sector: both the high-end M690T and the budget M690V offer DVI video output, with the M690T adding support for HDMI output so you can connect your laptop to an HDTV. The M690 also is AMD's first mobile platform to support ATI Avivo technology, which the company claims enhances high-definition video playback. Both the M690T and M690V incorporate ATI Radeon X1200 series graphics and Turion 64 X2 series processors; you can find all of the technical specs on AMD's Web site.

Like every new laptop component, the M690 chipset reportedly results in longer battery life; in this case, AMD claims it will extend battery life by up to 30 minutes. We look forward to testing those claims in systems from Asus, HP, and Fujitsu, who will be the first adopters of the new chipset.

If you'd like to learn more about AMD's future release plans, see our CPU Roadmap feature.