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Intel Wi-Fi module trims Centrino prices

Launches new Pentium Ms too

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Updated Intel yesterday announced a pair of new 90nm Pentium M processors, this time extending the line downwards.

The chip giant also brought in a host of Centrino bundles, not only based on the new PMs, but adding its 802.11b/g wireless adaptor to the 90nm PMs it launched in May this year.

The PMs launched this week are the 715 and 725, complementing the recently released 735, 745 and 755 parts. The new chips are clocked at 1.5GHz and 1.6GHz and are priced the same as the 130nm PMs at the same clock speeds: $209 and $241, respectively.

The 90nm chips offer 2MB of L2 cache to the 130nm parts' 1MB, so the pricing parity is clearly part of Intel's attempt to shipthe 90nm chips as soon as possible.

This week also saw the introduction of a raft of Centrino bundles featuring the new 715 and 725 and other 90nm PMs. In most cases, the key new component is Intel's ProWireless 2200BG mini-PCI add-in Wi-Fi adaptor, but Intel also added Centrino bundles based on the new PMs and the old ProWireless 2100 adaptor.

Intel also added the ProWireless 2200BG to its Low-Voltage and Ultra-low Voltage Centrino bundles. In almost every case the newer wireless part comes in $10 cheaper than the older version. ®

Intel's new Centrino bundles
Processor; chipset; wireless module Price
PM 755; i855GM; ProWireless 2200BG $699
PM 755; i855PM; ProWireless 2200BG $696
PM 745; i855GM; ProWireless 2200BG $495
PM 745; i855PM; ProWireless 2200BG $492
PM 735; i855GM; ProWireless 2200BG $356
PM 735; i855PM; ProWireless 2200BG $353
PM 725; i855GM; ProWireless 2100 $313
PM 725; i855PM; ProWireless 2100 $310
PM 725; i855GM; ProWireless 2200BG $303
PM 725; i855PM; ProWireless 2200BG $300
PM 715; i855GM; ProWireless 2100 $281
PM 715; i855PM; ProWireless 2100 $278
PM 715; i855GM; ProWireless 2200BG $271
PM 715; i855PM; ProWireless 2200BG $268

 

Intel's new LV/UV Centrino bundles
Processor; chipset; wireless module Price
PM 1.3GHz; i855GM; ProWireless 2200BG $346
PM 1.3GHz; i855PM; ProWireless 2200BG $343
PM 1.1GHz; i855GM; ProWireless 2200BG $324
PM 1.1GHz; i855PM; ProWireless 2200BG $321
PM 1GHz; i855GM; ProWireless 2200BG $303
PM 1GHz; i855PM; ProWireless 2200BG $300

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