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Intel to ship 2GHz Pentium 4-M

Intel is set to ship its first 2GHz Pentium 4-M (mobile) chip next week, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.

The chip will appear in laptop computers from Intel original equipment manufacturers such as Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard and Gateway.

But although the speedy new mobile processor will deliver improved performance to users of full-sized, PC-replacement notebook computers, enterprise customers looking for smaller, more efficient laptops may wait for a next-generation mobile chip from Intel, codenamed Banias, that produces less heat, sources said.

Intel has done a "better than anticipated" job of reducing heat and increasing battery life with its Pentium 4-M products, but the chips still gobble up an average of 2 watts in terms of power consumption.

This makes the chips ideal for full-sized laptops and two-spindle mobile systems, but all but shuts the chip out of smaller, ultra-portable devices sought by most enterprises for their mobile workforces, sources said.

Set to ship next year, Banias was developed as a mobile chip, whereas the Pentium 4-M has a desktop lineage.

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