More AMD-Powered Laptops on Tap, for Consumers and Companies

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has long been a laggard in laptops. But the chip maker is starting to show some new momentum.

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), the world’s biggest PC maker, last week announced 14 new notebook systems based on AMD chips. Other manufacturers are expected to follow suit soon, including Acer and Lenovo. AMD has scheduled a webcast Wednesday morning that will discuss its latest technology for the laptop market.

Such companies will continue to build most of their products using chips from Intel, AMD’s much-larger competitor. But their increased purchases from AMD are a sign that it is finally catching up to Intel in an area that has been a big weakness–power consumption.

“They have closed the gap considerably and are very competitive now,” says Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager of H-P’s notebook PC group.

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