Notebook chips to get juiced-up

AMD and Intel both intend to produce new, faster notebook chips designed to extend battery life.

At Comdex/Fall in Las Vegas this week, AMD announced plans to launch a new mobile version of its K6-2+ chip in the first half of next year. The chip, to debut at 500MHz and higher, will feature a new power-saving technology code-named Gemini.

Created to reduce power consumption when running on battery power, Gemini is AMD's answer to Intel's Speedstep technology. Intel will introduce the feature in a 600MHz mobile Pentium III chip which is due early next year.

Informed sources say AMD's Gemini can increase battery life by almost 50 percent.

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