Entry-level PC maker eMachines is positioning itself for the future with this week's release of the M6000 64-bit processor-equipped notebook line.
The initial model is based on the AMD Mobile Athlon 64 3000+ processor, said Gary Elasser, the company's technology and platform development VP. It readies eMachines and consumers for the upcoming release late this year of software capable of utilizing the 64-bit chip's speed.
"We are 'future-proofing' the computer. Consumers can buy a computer that is software-upgradeable for better performance in the coming years," Elasser said.
"Even though dedicated 64-bit software is not available, users will notice a definite speed advantage in running the current crop of 32-bit titles," he added. "Down the road the potential of 64-bit computing will be realized, and along with other burgeoning technologies like dual-format rewritable DVD, help propel sales this year," Elasser said, particularly in the graphics and gaming industries.
Two M6000 SKUs started shipping on Jan. 20. Both share the same features including 512MB of DDR memory, 802.11g networking, a 15.4-inch LCD and an ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 graphics card. The M6805 is equipped with a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive and carries a $1,449 suggested retail price, after $100 rebate. The step-up M6807 has a dual-format DVD drive capable of burning Plus and Dash blank DVD media. It's suggested retail price is $1,549, after $100 mail-in rebate.