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AMD Tigris, Congo mobile platforms target multimedia, battery life

AMD on Thursday announced its 'Tigris' laptop platform, intended for mainstream applications and offering full 1080p, DirectX 10.1 support and offloading video encoding to the Radeon HD 4200 GPU.
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AMD on Thursday announced its 'Tigris' laptop platform, intended for mainstream applications and offering full 1080p, DirectX 10.1 support and offloading video encoding to the Radeon HD 4200 GPU.

With new 45nm dual-core Caspian processors (speeds up to 2.6GHz), AMD manages a 42 percent improvement in multimedia performance the company says. The platform offers 25 percent longer battery life, which amounts to just an hour and 55 minutes of "active use" and just under five hours in idle, according to AMD.

[See AMD VP of Advanced Marketing Pat Moorhead take Tigris for a spin]

The company also announced its 'Congo' ultrathin notebook platform, offering the HD video and DirectX 10.1 support, as well as two hours and 26 minutes of "active use," thanks to HD 3200 and dual-core Neo chips.

[See AMD VP of Advanced Marketing Pat Moorhead take Congo for a spin]

The Intel vs. AMD takeaway? Intel's CULV offerings offer more endurance but less power.

Most notable OEMs have signed up, so expect to see them in your next Windows 7 computer.

Related: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes on AMD's simplified "Vision" naming scheme

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