Intel to push notebooks to 850MHz, source says

Get ready for a little more speed on your notebook. Intel plans to release three new processors for notebook computers, including a mobile Pentium III that runs at 850MHz, with the help of Intel's SpeedStep power management technology, sources said.

SpeedStep allows Intel's mobile processors to operate at two levels of performance. When a notebook is plugged into a mains outlet, the processor runs at "full power mode." Away from the mains outlet, the processor automatically drops its clock speed, preserving battery life.

The chip giant will launch two mobile Pentium IIIs next week, the source said. One of the chips will run at 850MHz in full-power mode, dropping to 700MHz when the notebook is running on batteries. The other chip runs at 800MHz in full-power mode, dropping to 650MHz away from the mains supply.

Next week Intel will also launch a mobile Celeron processor running at 700MHz, the source said. Intel's Celeron chips are aimed at more value-conscious buyers.

Systems that use the new processors will be available next week from a handful of major notebook manufacturers, the source said. Companies who typically offer Intel's latest processors include Compaq Computer, Dell Computer and IBM.

Intel's fastest mobile Pentium III today runs at 750MHz, while the mobile Celeron line tops out at 650MHz.