Intel has released several new processors and a new chipset for notebook computers, making them available in systems immediately after the company lowered prices on its Mobile Pentium 4 processors.
The 2.4GHz Mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M is available in notebook machines from Gateway and Dell Computer, according to information on the companies' Web sites. Intel also added two new Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Pentium III processors, and three varieties of Mobile Celeron processors to its roster of products. The new Intel 852GM chipset for notebooks comes with integrated graphics and support for USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 ports.
It's tough to find signs of growth in the PC industry, but notebooks are a bright spot. Sales of notebooks grew between 10 per cent and 15 per cent in the US during the recent holiday selling season, and steady growth should continue throughout 2003, said Stephen Baker, director of research at NPD Techworld.
Intel is poised to capitalise on that trend with its new mobile processors, and will also launch its Centrino platform for notebooks in the first half of the year. Centrino combines a new processor built specifically for a mobile environment with wireless Internet chips based on the 802.11b standard.
The two new Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Intel Pentium III processors are designed for small notebooks and Tablet PCs, Intel said. They will be available at clock speeds of 933MHz and 900MHz, and both will cost $US209 in 1000-unit quantities.
Budget notebooks will get a performance boost from the new Mobile Celeron processors. The 2.0GHz Mobile Intel Celeron, 866MHz Low Voltage Mobile Intel Celeron, and 800MHz Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Intel Celeron processor will cost $US149, $US134, and $US144 in 1000-unit quantities, respectively.
Intel cut prices on its Mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M chips, reducing the price of the 2.2GHz Mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M chip by 38 per cent to $US348 in 1000-unit quantities. Price cuts are normal before a chip maker introduces a new product