Intel speeds into 0.13-microns

Intel's revolutionary 0.13-micron processing technology has made its way onto the Australian market, with the chipmaker announcing five new processors for mobile PCs.

The Mobile Pentium III Processor-M is based on Intel's 0.13-micron Tualatin architecture. The technology means a smaller, cooler processor that uses up to 40 per cent less power than the 0.18-micron architecture. The new processors feature increased L2 cache -- 512KB and a 133-MHz processor system bus and are available in speeds of 1.13GHz, 1.06GHz, 1.0GHz, 933MHz and 866MHz.

Intel has also announced its new chipset for the architecture. The 830MP is available now while the 830M and 830MG will offer integrated graphics for high and lower end machines respectively later in the year.

Intel believes its Tualatin architecture will be first realised in the mobile segment. -- most OEMs now offer notebooks based on the new technology -- but the chipmaker is looking at moving into the desktop sector. Its P4 chip will continue on the 0.18-micron process until the first half of next year. The company will also continue as is with the Celeron processor.

With Intel expecting to reach the crossover point between the PIII and P4 machines in the third quarter, its plan is to focus on its P4 for the desktop. Meanwhile the new PIII chip will be used in mobile applications. Although the company will soon release a 0.13-micron PIII for the small form factor desktop PCs, it will increasingly focus on its P4 architecture in the desktop space. Casey played down suggestion Intel was phasing out its 0.18-micron PIII chips.

"I wouldn't say phased out," he said. "The reality is the P4 is our focus for the desktop market. For consumers and new platform users, the qualification is that the P4 is what people want. It is moving forward both in performance and in platform longevity. The PIII is coming to the end of its architecture, whereas the P4 has got another two to three years."

PC vendors have been quick on the uptake for Intel's new chip with Toshiba, HP, Compaq, IBM and Acer all announcing new models. The new chip will effect the form factor of new notebooks since the its offers a smaller size with the same speed as well as power saving properties.

Intel also announced it would begin sampling its first 0.13-micron flash products later this year.