Intel adds to mobile product arsenal

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Intel adds to mobile product arsenal

Intel is to release new flash memory products for cell phones later this year that could give users extra power for running more advanced software on their phones. In addition, Intel has boosted the speeds on its mobile Pentium III processors, which fit into laptops and blade servers.

The 1.8-volt Wireless Flash Memory product (W18) uses a more advanced 0.13 micron manufacturing process that allows the device to churn through data up to four times faster than its predecessors. This extra speed should benefit consumers, since flash memory plays a pivotal role in storing data on small computing devices.

Telecoms companies hope higher-speed wireless networks will provide enough bandwidth to support these types of services and are relying on companies such as Intel to deliver hardware that make a mobile phone powerful enough to run these applications with little interruption.

Intel announced that it has started selling its Pentium III-M processor at 933MHz. In addition, users can purchase its Ultra Low Voltage Pentium III-M chips running at 800MHz. A Mobile Celeron chip at 1GHz and Low Voltage Mobile Celeron at 733MHz are also available.

Hardware manufacturers such as Dell. and Toshiba are expected to release laptops with the new chips over the next month, an Intel spokeswoman said.

Blade server vendors are also using the ultra low voltage mobile Pentium III at 800MHz. RLX Technologies, one of the earliest companies to make blade servers, is already using the low-voltage 800MHz chip.

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