1-watt mobile processor clocks 600 MHz

1-watt mobile processor clocks 600 MHz

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

JUNE 19'Intel Corp. today showed off three ultralight portable PCs powered by its new, 600-MHz mobile Pentium III processor that runs at 1.1 volts and draws less than a watt in battery-saving mode.

The ultralight units, available from NEC Computer Systems Division, Sony Electronics Inc. and Toshiba America Information System Inc., each weigh about three pounds, said Frank Spindler, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group.

Intel also released a 750-MHz SpeedStep Pentium III mobile processor that nearly doubles the performance of its 400-MHz Pentium II from a year ago, plus several mobile Celeron processors in the 500- to 650-MHz range.

Spindler said users are shifting strongly from 6-pound and heavier notebooks to lightweight units. Inch-thick ultralights with only one drive, he said, represent about 10 percent to 15 percent of the overall portable market. Another trend is portable pricing around $1,700, he said.

The five new portable processors all have Intel's 0.18-micron fabrication technology, a 100-MHz system bus, 256K of transfer cache, system buffering and single-instruction-multiple-data-stream extensions.

More information appears on Intel's Web site, at www.intel.com.

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