Timna' chip hits the market

Timna' chip hits the market

Intel is muscling in on the low-end PC space with the launch next year of several new products.

Code-named `Timna', one of the new technologies will be Intel's first system on a chip that integrates a processor, graphics, chipset elements and other capabilities directly onto one die, according to an Intel spokesperson.

Timna will be available on a global basis in the second half of next year, the spokesperson said.

Intel's aim with the new design is to deliver performance, feature and cost advantage to the sub-$US1000 portion of the market.

Intel expects Timna to generate several OEM arrangements in the new year, though no details could be revealed.

In the same time frame, Intel plans to release its `Willamette' processor for high-performance desktop PCs, running at 1GHz, said Paul Otellini, head of Intel's Architecture Business Group.

In the first half of next year, Intel's Pentium III processor will run at speeds of 800MHz, and mobile products will run at 700MHz in the first quarter and at 750MHz in the second quarter, said Otellini.

And in response to the growth of the Internet and e-commerce, Intel is furiously pursuing related markets, including those for networking products and information appliances, said Andy Grove, Intel chairman.

Saying Intel wants to supply the `silicon building blocks' to network communications products, Grove pointed to the company's nine acquisitions, costing $US6 billion, in that area this year.

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