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First the hype, now the reality. Today, Chipzilla ships the mobile 400MHz Pentium II, the first CPU to roll off its spanking, gorgeous new 0.18-micron production line. At the same time, it’s slipping out a Celeron-flavoured 400Mhz mobile, manufactured to the 0.25 micron spec. Smaller die size means lower power consumption and less heat -- the 0.18-micron version soaks up 7.5w while, its overweight 0.25-micron sister chomps through a greedy 9.2w. This makes the new PII particularly well suited to the new breed of mini-notebooks, according to Intel . And it’s ramming this point home with an array of superslim packaging designed especially for mobile CPUs. In nine months, Intel says that three quarters of all its chips will be built to the 0.18 micron spec. ®

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