Desktop Prescotts to ship in notebooks ahead of Mobile version

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Notebook vendors are expected to continue the trend of crammed desktop processors into mobile computers, this time using the 'Prescott' Pentium 4 chips launched yesterday.

Desktop-replacement notebooks based on the 90nm chip should arrive later this quarter, ahead of Q2's introduction of Mobile P4s based on the new technology.

Prescott's large power draw - larger than the 130nm Pentium 4's, clock for clock - is likely to restrict the new line of notebooks to lower clock frequencies. For higher speeds, we will have to wait for the Mobile part.

But there's a price advantage for going with the desktop product. Mobile Prescott processors are expected to ship at 3.06, 3.2 and 3.46GHz, all with a 533MHz effective bit rate frontside bus, and priced at $234, $294 and $433, respectively.

By contrast, the desktop Prescotts at 2.8, 3, 3.2 and 3.4GHz, with an 800MHz FSB, are priced at $178, $218, $278 and $417, respectively. ®

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