Intel, OEMs ready SpeedStep

Intel, OEMs ready SpeedStep

Intel next week will introduce two new Pentium III processors which sources close to the chip maker have confirmed will utilize the new SpeedStep technology, formally code-named Geyserville.

Designed specifically for mobile computing and under development for the last two years, the Intel SpeedStep technology allows the new Pentium III processors to switch between two different operating speeds depending on whether the system is plugged in or using a battery, sources said.

The main benefit of SpeedStep's capability of ramping down to a lower processor speed when the system is undocked is that it extends life of the mobile PC's battery. But Intel has also increased the performance of its latest Pentium III offerings to 600 MHz or 650 MHz when the unit is plugged in and 500 MHz when the battery is being used, sources said.

A host of OEMs, including Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Dell, IBM, Gateway, and Toshiba have signaled that they will launch their own SpeedStep-powered mobile computer offerings in conjunction with the Tuesday's Intel announcement.

Sources close to Intel said the company's adoption of the SpeedStep Pentium IIIs required no customization to any OEM's existing power or cooling scheme.

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