AMD gets official with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series for laptops

It looks like AMD has a new solution for gamers in need of a little more than your run-of-the-mill laptop graphics have to offer, with it now trotting out its new ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series graphics chips. Right now, that line consists of the HD 3400 and HD 3600 models, each of which boast full support for DirectX 10.1 (a first for laptop graphics, as AMD is quick to point out). Otherwise, you can expect PCI Express 2.0 support from each model, along with 1080p playback of Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies, and ATI's trademark Avivo HD Technology, which promises to free up the CPU for other tasks, not to mention a promised increase in battery life. If that's got you interested, you can look for Asus to begin offering the graphics in some its laptops right away, with other laptop manufacturers expected to follow in the first half of 2008.