HP introduces Pavilion, ProBook laptops with AMD's new Llano APUs

Summary:AMD's new A-series, or "Llano," Accelerated Processing Units -- which combine CPU cores with Radeon HD graphics cores on a single chip -- is off to a good start with HP's announcement that a whopping 11 different Pavilion and ProBook laptops will offer the new processors starting either later this month or in July.Unfortunately, HP hasn't disclosed which APUs will be available for which laptops, but the company has announced the particular laptop families that will support Llano.

AMD's new A-series, or "Llano," Accelerated Processing Units -- which combine CPU cores with Radeon HD graphics cores on a single chip -- is off to a good start with HP's announcement that a whopping 11 different Pavilion and ProBook laptops will offer the new processors starting either later this month or in July.

Unfortunately, HP hasn't disclosed which APUs will be available for which laptops, but the company has announced the particular laptop families that will support Llano. These include the Pavilion dv4, dv6, and dv7, along with the Pavilion g4, g6, and g7. These will come with an option for dual graphics, so that the APU's graphics cores will work in tandem with a discrete Radeon graphics card.

Llano ProBooks include the 6465b and 6565b and the 4535s (pictured above), 4435s, and 4436s. The ProBook notebooks also pack AMD Vision Pro technology, which AMD says is optimized for Windows 7 Professional and provides an Enhanced Virus Protection feature. The s-series will also offer the dual-graphics capabilities as well.

The Pavilion laptops with Llano processors are due next month, while the ProBooks will be available on June 27. Expect many, many systems to join them, as AMD has stated that 150 PCs will be available with the A-series APUs this year.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility, Processors

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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