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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.