Mobile computing need not be second best

Intel has introduced a new breed of mobile processors based on 0.13-micron chip fabrication in a bid to tackle the trade-off...

Intel has introduced a new breed of mobile processors based on 0.13-micron chip fabrication in a bid to tackle the trade-off between CPU speed, mobility and power consumption

The chip giant said that with the introduction of the new processors it has now driven its entire mobile processor product line to 0.13-micron technology. This will allow it to create smaller chips, resulting in lower power consumption and offering higher levels of performance.

The technology is being introduced on Low Voltage and Ultra Low Voltage versions of the Pentium III processor-M and Celeron processors. Systems based on the new mobile processors will be available from computer makers including Compaq, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, MEI, NEC, Sharp and Toshiba.

Intel claims mobile processors built around 0.13-micron technology consume up to 40% less power, are 30% smaller and 20% faster than mobile processors built on the older 0.18-micron process.

The mobile Pentium III processor-M family supports Intel's Enhanced SpeedStep technology that the company says is able to switch automatically between Maximum Performance Mode and Battery Optimised Mode. This is designed to balance performance and low power consumption. The processor also offers what Intel describes as a "deeper sleep" mode - a feature aimed at helping to extend battery life in notebook PCs.

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