Computex: Intel demos Tualatin-based notebook

The Tualatin system, which included an Intel 830 chipset, was demonstrated by William Siu, vice president of Intel's desktop platform group, during a keynote speech at the e21 Forum conference, which is being held alongside the Computex exhibition in Taipei.

The notebook demonstrated by Siu was shown running eight simultaneous video streams to maintain high processor usage. After running the demonstration on battery power for 45 minutes during Siu's speech, the notebook had 65 per cent power remaining, according to an Intel engineer who assisted Siu with the demonstration.

Currently, Intel manufactures its line of mobile processors using a 0.18-micron process, said Siu. Shifting to a 0.13-micron production process will allow Intel to produce chips that offer lower power consumption and higher processor clock speeds, which translates to higher processor performance, he added.

Some versions of Tualatin will offer battery life of between eight and 10 hours, Siu said.

With the Tualatin launch, Intel will beat rival AMD to the 0.13-micron punch. AMD plans to release a 0.13-micron version of its Mobile Athlon 4 processor, code-named Thoroughbred, during the first half of 2002, with a 0.13-micron version of the Mobile Duron, code-named Appaloosa, set to ship during the latter half of the year, according to Martin Booth, product marketing manager at AMD's computation products group.

Thoroughbred and Appaloosa should hit the market at roughly the same time that Intel plans to introduce a mobile version of its Pentium 4 processor. While Siu would not give an exact date for the launch of the Mobile Pentium 4, he said the chip will be manufactured using a 0.13-micron process and will ship "sometime next year."

Computex continues through Friday.

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