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Intel readies speedier mobile chips

Intel readies speedier mobile chips

Intel has announced a new round of mobile microprocessors designed to bring greater power to low-priced notebooks that serve demanding users, according to the company.

The seven new processors are all built with Intel's 0.13-micron fabrication process, which allows the company to produce smaller chips that use up to 40 per cent less power but can offer performance boosts of up to 20 per cent more than chips built with Intel's older 0.18-micron process, Intel officials said.

For the "ultra-portable" segment of the mobile market, defined as high-powered notebooks that consume minimal energy, Intel launched three new Pentium III-M processors and a new Celeron chip. Speeds in this group of energy-saving chips reach up to 886MHz, officials said.

The new Pentium III-M processors also feature Intel's SpeedStep technology, which allows the chip to automatically switch between maximum performance mode and battery-saving mode. They include a "deeper sleep" mode as well, which helps save a notebook's battery life by utilising even less energy than the low power mode, as little as two-tenths of a watt, Intel officials said.

Intel also launched three mobile Celeron processors with speeds up to 1.2GHz . These chips are designed for lower-cost notebooks and put less of an emphasis on reducing energy consumption.


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