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Intel to launch mobile Pentium 4 soon

PC World

By Joris Evers,
IDG News Service

(IDG) -- Narrowing the performance gap between desktop and notebook computers, Intel next week will unveil the Pentium 4 processor for notebook computers.

The mobile Pentium 4 will be launched on March 4, according to an invitation sent by Intel to European journalists. Intel declined to publicly provide further details on the processor, but a company source says the mobile Pentium 4 will initially be available in 1.6-GHz and 1.7-GHz versions, moving up to 2 GHz by the end of the year.

The Pentium 4 is currently only available for desktops, with a recently announced 2.2-GHz version topping the list. INFOCENTER
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Pricing of the mobile Pentium 4 processors, when bought in 1,000-unit quantities, will start at about the level of the mobile Pentium III 1.2 GHz, Intel's current top mobile processor, which is listed at $508, the source says.

Price Cuts

This implies a mobile Pentium III price cut will coincide with the mobile Pentium 4 launch. The mobile Pentium III processor series will slowly be phased out, according to the source.

Several notebook PC makers, including Toshiba, will announce systems with the new processor together with the processor introduction, the source says.

The mobile Pentium 4 and the accompanying 845MP chipset offer the performance benefits of a desktop Pentium 4, but tailored for mobile use. An enhanced version of Intel's SpeedStep technology, for example, slows down the processor when the laptop is running on battery power, while another technology makes the system use less power when in sleep mode.

The 845MP chip set is similar to the 845 chip set used in the desktop Pentium 4 system. It includes a 400-MHz processor-system bus, Intel's NetBurst architecture, and supports the DDR SDRAM memory type. Intel first detailed the new chip set at the Microprocessor Forum last year.


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