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Intel delivers enhanced mobile PIIIs

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Intel has launched its first mobile Pentium III processors produced using a 0.13 micron process. The company says they are available in volume from today.

Based on the Tualatin core, the mobile chips will debut at 866MHz, 933MHz, 1.0GHz, 1.06GHz and 1.13GHz and ship as the Pentium III-M. Intel will price the parts at $247, $278, $394, $499 and $625 respectively in quantities of 1,000.

However, a month and a half down the line, on 16 September, their prices will fall to $198, $241, $321, $401 and $508, according to a leaked copy of Intel's pricing plans.

In a similar timeframe, Intel is expected to expand the PIII-M line with a 1.2GHz part at $722.

The PIII-Ms will be supported by the 830MP chipset, also announced today, and priced at $37.50.

Intel's statement about the 0.13 micron chips says: "Processors built on Intel's 130-nanometre technology consume up to 40 per cent less power and are up to 20 per cent faster than the previous 180 (0.18-micron) nanometre process. Chips using Intel's 130-nanometre technology contain circuitry that is about 1/1000th the width of a human hair (1000 nanometres equal 1-micron)."

It claims the chips prove "almost a 50 per cent performance gain over the previous mobile Intel PIIIs on data intensive applications. Improvements include: 512KB L2 cache (twice the L2 cache size of the previous generation); the new Data Prefetcher (an L2 cache enhancement) and a 133-MHz processor system bus.

There's also enhanced SpeedStep technology, and the packaging is also intended to allow for thinner chips and lighter notebooks.

Later this year Intel will extend the Pentium III processor-M family to include low voltage and ultra-low voltage versions, targeted for mini- and sub-notebook market segments.

The 830MP chipset supports external graphics. Later in the year the Intel 830M will have high-end integrated graphics, while the Intel 830MG will offer integrated graphics for lower cost systems. The chipset uses PC-133 SDRAM and also includes 1GB memory support. ®

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