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Advanced Micro Devices announced today the first graphics processors in the world to be manufactured under the 40-nanometer process technology, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860 and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830. The new graphics cards are able to provide support for the latest Microsoft DirectX 10.1 games, as well as a home theater-quality HD multimedia experience and power efficiency for enhanced battery life.

Given the fact that most consumers are now more interested in mobile PCs, the new 40nm mobile GPUs prove that AMD is able to deliver the best entertainment experiences possible in a notebook, stated Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Products Group, AMD.

“Depending on the performance of the panel or external monitor, laptops that feature these tiny, powerful but efficient graphics engines can run today’s most demanding game titles at beyond 1080p HD resolution, or playback full 1080p HD video with high energy efficiency thanks to ATI PowerPlay and 40nm process technology,†he added.

The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860 graphics will be included in the upcoming Asus K notebook. Henry Yeh, GM of ASUS’ Notebook Business Unit, said that the computer maker was proud to be the first one to include the newest technology in one of its machines.

While delivering more processing power, the new 40nm production process also enables a smaller ASIC die size, enabling manufacturers to deliver highly capable discrete graphics that fit perfectly in smaller notebooks. The achievement also marks another first-to-market process transition for the ATI graphics processors.

“AMD always seeks to deliver the most advanced, yet relevant technology to our customers,†continued Bergman. “We were first with DirectX 10.1 support, first to design graphics cards supporting GDDR5 memory technology, first with WHQL certified drivers for Windows Vista, first to launch a unified shader architecture, and for the fifth consecutive time, first to launch GPUs based on a new process node. That’s a meaningful track record of reliable execution for our customers.â€

The new ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860 and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830 graphics processors come with powerful 3D engines built around the ATI Radeon HD 4800 desktop series architecture. They are able to deliver crisp, detail-rich images and outstanding visual effects as well as 3D gaming realism. They feature GDDR5 memory technology, which also improves the game play and delivers almost twice the performance of GDDR3.

Home theater enthusiasts will also be able to enjoy full 1080p HD viewing on HD-capable displays. At the same time, users will be able to enjoy almost twice the display resolution of HD content and even watch standard content in near-HD quality with enhanced DVD up-scaling. The CPU is unloaded by the second-generation AMD Unified Video Decoder (UVD), enabling it to perform other operations. At the same time, the UVD also gives a hand in the processing of intensive content such as Blu-ray movies. The power consumption is also lowered, and no high fan settings are required, while the laptop is quieter and cooler.

“AMD continues to push the envelope of graphics processor performance, energy efficiency, and leading features with the introduction of its 40nm graphics processors,†said Mark Liu, senior vice president, Advanced Technology Business, TSMC. “TSMC and AMD have a long history of success bringing the first graphics processors to market on new process technologies, including 90nm, 80nm, 65nm, 55nm and now 40nm.â€

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I wonder how this will stack up against the 200m is terms of performance, cost, and power consumption. I would be willing to bet AMD might come out on top for the last two.
 

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wow, congrats AMD. this is indeed great news for mobile computing
 

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I wonder how this will stack up against the 200m is terms of performance, cost, and power consumption. I would be willing to bet AMD might come out on top for the last two.

ATI is already winning in all 3 though. Mobility Radeon 4870 is considerably faster than GTX 280m.
 

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but will it play crysis?

from the looks of it i believe it could play it rather well

especially if they double them up and pair them with an OC'd quad like asus did with the W90
 

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I wonder how this will stack up against the 200m is terms of performance, cost, and power consumption. I would be willing to bet AMD might come out on top for the last two.

The 200m series is just a revision of the G90 core (Yes i am serious.) Additionally, the fastest card ATI has for mobility is the 4870x2, not this.
 

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The 200m series is just a revision of the G90 core (Yes i am serious.) Additionally, the fastest card ATI has for mobility is the 4870x2, not this.

yes and no

the 4870x2 is merely 2 4870m gpus on seperate cards connected via a special cable

and since amd chose to go with gddr3 on the 4870m this implementation with gddr5 should be faster and when they release 2 as an x2 it would be faster

another cool thing is that the gpus ati is using for the m versions are true rv770 chips just undervolted
 

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Wow, I've been wanting a lappy with a nice GPU that wouldn't burn a hole in my lap/battery, these look like they may fit the bill.
 

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ATI has always been ahead of NVIDIA in process sizes, so this was to be expected :3
 

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If this trend keeps going into next year i might be able to get a pretty darn powerful thin-and-light for college.
 

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another solid win for ati. gaming lappy for hours on the go!
 

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I thought there was issues with 40mm and power leakage? I guess AMD figured that out, good for AMD!
 

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TMSC must have figured it out not AMD

also, the gt200b chip was never designed with mobility and low power consumption in mind, so i have no trouble believeing that mobile 200m series are just g92b
 
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