Low-volt Pentium III targets communications devices

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Low-volt Pentium III targets communications devices

Intel has added a 933MHz low-voltage Pentium III processor designed for communications equipment to its lineup, and has begun selling a motherboard for the processor.

Products such as telecommunications servers and wireless base stations will make use of the new chip. These devices are often set up in racks or clusters, which makes it important to minimise the amount of heat produced by each device.

The latest processor consumes only 12.2 watts, compared 68.4 watts for Intel's most powerful chip, the 2.8GHz Pentium 4 processor for desktops.

Manufacturers and enterprising users who prefer to purchase an entire motherboard, as opposed to building the board themselves, will be able to try out the Intel NetStructure ZT 5524 System Master Processor Board. It comes in either single or dual processor versions, and features dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The processor costs $273 (£175) in 1,000-unit quantities, and the ZT 5524 is priced at $2,695 (£1,728). Both are available immediately.

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