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Laptop Processor Boasts 1-GHz Operation

The mobile Pentium III is Intel's latest processor. Designed for full-size and thin-and-light notebook applications, it's the first laptop processor to run at 1 GHz. That's a full 150 MHz faster than the company's previous top mobile processor.

This processor also incorporates technology that reduces battery drain. With 28 million transistors, it runs at full speed when the need for processing power is high. In its Battery Optimized mode, the processor runs at 700 MHz, consumes less than 2 W, and operates at 1.35 V.

The device features a 100-MHz system bus, 256 kbytes of full-speed advanced transfer cache, advanced system buffering, and streaming SIMD extensions. The chip's in-creased speed will improve ad-vanced notebook applications, including digital photography, video processing, voice recognition, 3D gaming, and emerging wireless technologies such as 802.11 and Bluetooth.

Soon, the mobile Pentium III will be used in more than 20 notebook models. Intel also will launch a 900-MHz version of the Mobile Pentium III and a 750-MHz version of the mobile Celeron processor. By comparison, Intel's fastest desktop processor—a member of the Pentium IV family—runs at 1.5 GHz. Intel plans to produce mobile versions of the Pentium IV by the end of 2002.

The mobile Pentium III processor is available in BGA and µPGA packages. In 1000-unit quantities, it costs $722. In similar quantities, the 900-MHz mobile Pentium III costs $562, and the mobile Celeron costs $170.

Intel Corp., 2200 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95052-8119; (408) 765-8080; www.intel.com.

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