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Intel validates Pentium M for networking products

The new architecture of the Pentium M processor allows it to be used in any device that needs to pack a lot of processing power into a small space, Intel claims.

The company said it has certified the new processor for use in the control planes of networking devices.

When it was announced as part of Intel's Centrino package in March, the Pentium M was touted as a fresh processor design, combining high-performance elements of the Pentium 4 chip with low-power elements of the Pentium III processor.

This design also makes the chip ideal for control planes in small networking devices such as routers and media gateway controllers, said Jonathan Luse, communications industry marketing manager for Intel.

Intel has now validated the Pentium M for use along with Intel's e7501 chipset in networking devices.

Control planes direct packet traffic within networking devices. The Pentium M is best suited for edge networking devices and other dense communications equipment such as switches, routers or security appliances, Luse said. It consumes between 12W and 25W of power during normal use, making it ideal for control planes that are stacked in networking devices like blade servers, he said.

A 1.6GHz version of the Pentium M for networking products costs $625 (£398) in 10,000-unit quantities. A low-voltage 1.1GHz Pentium M is also available for $257 (£164) in 10,000-unit quantities.


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