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Intel today started shipping the P4-M, the first notebook chip to incorporate the Pentium 4 Northwood core. The P4-M has a clock speed of 1.7GHz, uses the new DDR-supporting mobile 845 chipset, and is supposed to be 43 per cent faster than its nearest PIII mobile antecedent.

The P4-M incorporates a 400MHz FSB and 266MHz DDR support. It's built using the 0.13micron manufacturing process and it's housed in micro flip chip pin array packaging.

Power management (which means longer battery life) is supplied by a combo of Intel SpeedStep technology and something called Deeper Sleep Alert State. Running in tandem, the duo enable the processor to run using less than two watts of average power, Intel says.

Intel is making a great play for the notebook, sub-notebook and handheld sectors. Recently the chipmaker announced two Xscale chips for the PDA and mobile phone sectors, and at The Intel Developer Forum last week, it made a great play for the wireless world - technology designed to turn its "Anytime Anywhere" strategy into reality.

With ever-increasing segmentation in the mobile world, Intel reckons that its basic strengths - R&D, quickness to market with new technology, volume manufacturing ability - play particularly well here.

Notebook sales continues to grow - up six per cent in 2001, when desktop sales were falling. Currently, notebooks account for 22 per cent of all client PC sales, according to figures cited by Intel, and we can expect this to only grow, as penetration increases into the consumer market.

Intel launches its next major notebook technology, Banias, in H1, 2003, the company announced last week. ®

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