New Intel mobile processor makes debut

Notebook computer vendors today began announcing updates of their lines with Intel Corp.'s new 90-nanometer-process Pentium M processor, code-named Dothan.

The 90-nm-process chip sets'a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter'should pack in somewhat more transistors and perform somewhat faster than their 130-nm-process predecessors.

The new Pentium M has 2M of Level 2 cache and runs at up to 2 GHz with built-in Centrino IEEE 802.11x wireless connectivity. Its predecessor M chip has 1M of cache and a maximum 1.7-GHz clock rate.

Hewlett-Packard Co. said the new Pentium M will appear in six of its HP Compaq Business Notebook models this month.

Chem USA Corp. of Newark, Calif., is putting the new processor into its ChemBook 2230 and 2056 models. Other lines ready for the upgrade reportedly include the full Dell line, IBM ThinkPad and Sony Vaio.

Gateway Inc. said its 450 and M275 notebooks will have the Pentium M this month.

(Updated 3:48 p.m.)

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