64-bit Notebooks Mainstream Within 2 Years

Notebook computers with 64-bit processors could become
mainstream within one or two years, ushering the industry into a new era and
heralding a new battle among leading notebook vendors. Such a scenario could
happen as prices of 64-bit notebooks drop to as low as US$ 1,500 per unit in the
future. Acer kicked off the battle after deciding to use Athlon 64 3000+ and
3200+ processors for its Aspire 1500 notebooks. eMachines, which recently agreed
to merge with Gateway, is the world’s first PC maker to use the AMD mobile
Athlon 64 processors for its notebooks, the M6805 and M6807 models.

The impact of 64-bit notebooks on the market will become more
significant when HP begins delivering its entry-level notebook models, built
using the AMD mobile Athlon 64-bit processors, in the near future. Two other
Taiwanese PC makers, Asustek and BenQ, are both gearing up efforts to
promote their own-brand notebook PCs, and are expected to roll out their first
64-bit notebook PCs soon, also using AMD’s mobile Athlon chips.


Notebook computers with 64-bit processors could become
mainstream within one or two years, ushering the industry into a new era and
heralding a new battle among leading notebook vendors. Such a scenario could
happen as prices of 64-bit notebooks drop to as low as US$ 1,500 per unit in the
future. Acer kicked off the battle after deciding to use Athlon 64 3000+ and
3200+ processors for its Aspire 1500 notebooks. eMachines, which recently agreed
to merge with Gateway, is the world’s first PC maker to use the AMD mobile
Athlon 64 processors for its notebooks, the M6805 and M6807 models.

The impact of 64-bit notebooks on the market will become more
significant when HP begins delivering its entry-level notebook models, built
using the AMD mobile Athlon 64-bit processors, in the near future. Two other
Taiwanese PC makers, Asustek and BenQ, are both gearing up efforts to
promote their own-brand notebook PCs, and are expected to roll out their first
64-bit notebook PCs soon, also using AMD’s mobile Athlon chips.

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