Intel speeds up Pentium M

Intel has released three versions of its Pentium M processor and will update its wireless chips with a security standard.

Intel has released three versions of its Pentium M processor and will update its wireless chips with a security standard.

The Pentium M now comes in a 1.7GHz version, a 1.2GHz low-voltage version and a 1.0GHz ultra-low-voltage version. When combined with Intel's 855 GM chipset and the Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 chip, the packages are each priced at $725 (£444), $372 (£228), and $350 (£214), respectively in 1,000-unit quantities.

Intel also sells the Pentium M processor separately to PC makers who elect to use other wireless silicon, and the new Pentium M chips cost $637 (£390), $284 (£175), and $262 (£160), respectively.

Motion Computing's M1300 Tablet PC will be available with the ultra-low-voltage 1.0GHz Pentium M processor and the rest of the Centrino package

Intel  will release software later in June that supports the WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) security standard, which was recently approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

 WPA provides an extra layer of security above the default WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) standard.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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