AMD Puma Sneaks into Town


Meet the Puma Platform

Puma - A New Mobile Platform for Demanding Entertainment Needs

Officially launched in June during Computex, AMD's new generation notebook computing platform, Puma, finally infiltrated online and traditional retailers over the last week. We had been privileged to gain early information of Puma and what it means to consumers even as far back in April when we interviewed John Taylor, one of AMD's Directors of their Global Communications department and we've shared a great deal with our readers in our article charting AMD's progress and developments in various segments . Subsequently, we've also covered the official launch in Computex and shared various Puma platform notebooks from vendors and other details such as their Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series discrete graphics and the AMD External Graphics Platform (XGP).

To commemorate and inform the media of the availability of the Puma platform notebooks, AMD had a really well decorated jungle-themed event recently at the Fairmont Hotel, Singapore. And we must add that the 'Pumas' fitted real well in that environment:-

To recap our readers, AMD's latest notebook platform, Puma consists of three ingredients:- The new Turion X2 / Turion X2 Ultra mobile processors (codenamed Griffen), an AMD M780G (RS780M) mobile chipset and 802.11a/b/g/n compliant Wi-Fi chip from third party vendors.

The AMD Griffen core mobile processor (65nm process technology), is none other than a dual-core variant of the Phenom architecture, complete with AMD CoolCore for fine and course power management on various part of the CPU dynamically, as well as a more power-optimized and updated HyperTransport 3.0 bus.

Although AMD's mobile processors have already been using the 65nm manufacturing process since mid 2007 with the 'Tyler' core, those were still using the old architecture that was prevalent since 2006 when the Turion 64 X2 first came to light. Despite the major core updates, the processor will still bank on existing marketing nomenclature and continue the Turion naming scheme.

Two CPU versions will be available in the new platform. The speedier and performance oriented Turion X2 Ultra will have a total of 2MB L2 cache (2 x 1MB), comes with higher clock speeds (up to 2.4GHz currently) and will bear the "ZM-xx" model naming scheme. The more mainstream variant will be known just as the Turion X2, bears the "RM-xx" model naming scheme and has only 1MB of L2 cache (2 x 512KB). All will still use the same Socket S1 infrastructure. Currently the more prevalently available model is the Turion X2 RM-70, a 2GHz model.