FRANCISCO: Intel Corp on Monday introduced five new
computer chips for laptop computers touted as the best
way to increase processing speeds while conserving
new mobile Pentium III and Celeron chips are the latest
using the company's SpeedStep technology announced last
winter. To save power, the chips run slower on batteries
than they do when plugged into an electrical outlet.
timing of the new releases was seen as a pre-emptive
strike against upstart chipmaker Transmeta Corp, which
contends laptop or Internet appliances running its
Crusoe chip will last twice as long on battery power as
those with Intel processors.
Intel on Monday introduced a Pentium III mobile
chip running at 750 megahertz that uses less than two
watts when running on battery power, and a Pentium III
at 600 megahertz that uses less than one watt.
Three new Celeron mobile chips, with running
speeds between 500 megahertz and 650 megahertz, were
also introduced, including one that operates on less
than two watts.
company did not estimate how much battery life might be
saved using the new chips.
fastest laptops until now used the 650 megahertz Pentium
III SpeedStep chip announced in January.
Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, since
October has sharply closed the divide in power and
performance of processors between desktops and laptops
with the introduction of the Pentium III chip and new
new Pentium III mobile at 750 megahertz costs US$562 in
lots of 1,000, while the low-power 600 megahertz version
costs US$316. The new Celeron at 650 megahertz costs
US$181, and the low-power version at 500 megahertz will
Transmeta executives said Intel was trying to
confuse customers with a wide array of products of
different speeds and voltages. They also contend the new
low-power chips will operate at less than one watt only
when the computer is idle, while their chips consume
less than one watt while working at full speed.