AMD Sponsors Solar Race
AMD is sponsoring the 2005 North American Solar Challenge (NASC). This is a competition, in which people design, build, and race solor-powered cars across the U.S. and Canada.
“AMD’s sponsorship of the North American Solar Challenge is an ideal fit with our commitment to delivering mobile performance without compromise,” said Chris Cloran, director of the Mobile Division for AMD’s Microprocessor Solutions Sector.
“AMD Turion 64 mobile technology allows notebook PC manufacturers to offer new levels of performance and differentiation to break free from the competition,” added Cloran.
The competition consists of twenty teams of students from universities all over the world. The race is 2,500 miles. It started on July 17 in Austin Texas, and will end in Calgary, Alberta on July 27.
AMD provided organizers of the race with five HP Pavilion ze2000z notebook PCs powered by AMD Turion 64 mobile technology. The technology is designed for thinner and lighter notebook PCs.
“We are excited to have AMD as a sponsor for this year’s North American Solar Challenge,” said Dan Eberle, director for the North American Solar Challenge. “From tracking critical vehicle safety information prior to the start of the race to recording each team’s location during the race, AMD’s technology has been an integral component in helping us run a successful competition.”
Race organizers used the technology during pre-race trials to record hundreds of data points for each vehicle, including safety and inspection information as well as time trial results.
According to a press release, the technology allows race organizers to track real-time GPS coordinates of the competing cars, as well as gather information about each team’s race time and penalties.