Intel expands Centrino line with new Pentium M chip

Intel has given its Centrino laptop package a speed boost with the release of a new, faster Pentium M processor.

Intel has given its Centrino laptop package a speed boost with the release of a new, faster Pentium M processor.

The Centrino package includes a Pentium M processors, a PC chipset and a wireless Lan chipset.

The Pentium M 765 processor runs at 2.1GHz and includes 2Mbytes of Level 2 cache and support for a 400MHz front-side bus. Previously, the Pentium M 755 was the fastest processor in the line with a speed of 2GHz.

The Pentium M processor 765 is priced at $637 (£348) in 1,000-unit quantities.

The introduction of the new processors follows recent price cuts on Intel's mobile processors. On 17 October Intel cut the price of the Pentium 755 by 33.6%, from $637 to $423 in 1,000-unit quantities, according to the price list on the company's website.

Intel also cut prices on five other Pentium M models.

The price of the 1.8GHz Pentium M 745 was reduced from $423 to $294; the 1.7GHz Pentium M 735's price was cut from $294 to $241; the 1.6GHz Pentium M 725 from $241 to $209. All three chips have 2Mbytes of Level 2 cache.

Prices on the 1.7GHz Pentium M with 1Mbyte of Level 2 cache were cut from $294 to $241. The 1.6GHz Pentium M with 1Mbyte of Level 2 cache had its price reduced from $241 to $209.

All prices are quoted for 1,000-unit quantities of the chips.

Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service

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