Intel validates Pentium M for networking products

Intel validates Pentium M for networking products

The new architecture of the Pentium M processor allows it to be used in not just small notebooks, but any device that needs to pack a lot of processing power into a small space, Intel said.

The company announced it has certified the new processor for use in the control planes of networking devices, it said in a release.

When it was announced as part of Intel's Centrino package in March, the Pentium M was touted as a fresh processor design, combining high-performance elements of the Pentium 4 processor with low-power elements of the Pentium III processor.

This design also made the chip ideal for control planes in small networking devices such as routers and media gateway controllers, communications industry marketing manager for Intel, Jonathan Luse, said.

Intel has validated the Pentium M for use along with Intel's e7501 chipset in networking devices, he said.

Control planes direct packet traffic within networking devices. The Pentium M was best suited for edge networking devices and other dense communications equipment such as switches, routers, or security appliances, Luse said. It consumed between 12 and 25 watts of power during normal use, making it ideal for control planes that were stacked in networking devices like blade servers, Luse said.

Regular blade servers were also expected to surface that use the Pentium M processor, Intel said when it launched the chip.

A 1.6GHz version of the Pentium M for networking products costs $US625 in 10,000-unit quantities. A low-voltage 1.1GHz Pentium M was also available for $257 in 10,000-unit quantities. The combination of the Pentium M and e7501 would be available in several products that were expected to be announced, Luse said.

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