Intel will offer its 1GHz mobile processors to system integrators as a boxed product, according to Sean Casey from Intel architecture product marketing.
"We are creating an opportunity for local vendors with a boxed CPU, enabling guys to integrate the chip into built to order notebooks," Casey said at the launch of Intel's mobile Pentium IIIGHz processor yesterday. "We are trying to enable our local channel partners as well as our OEM customers."
Asus, FIC and Mitac will be amongst the first to offer built-to-order notebooks featuring the chip.
Notebook vendors such as IBM, Toshiba and Gateway previewed their 1GHz offerings yesterday as part of the launch, described by Casey as "a new milestone" in the GHz race between Intel and rival AMD. Intel also announced a 900MHz PIII processor and its 750MHz mobile Celeron offering. Both PIII offerings feature Intel's SpeedStep technology, which allows the processor to power down when the notebook is not running intensive applications and save on battery life.
According to Casey, the average power consumption of the processors will drop off significantly when Intel shifts to 0.13 micron manufacturing in the second half of this year.
In 1000 unit quantities, in Ball Grid Array and Pin Grid Array packaging, the 1GHz processor is priced at US$722. Similarly, the 900MHz offering costs $562 and the Celeron $170.
Photograph: Intel's Sean Casey.