Intel expands Centrino line with new Pentium M chip

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

The Centrino package includes a Pentium M processors, a PC chipset and a WLAN (wireless LAN) chipset.

The Pentium M 765 processor runs at a clock speed of 2.1GHz and includes 2M bytes 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 clock speed of 2GHz.

Available worldwide, the Pentium M processor 765 is priced at US$637 in 1,000-unit quantities.

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

Intel also cut prices on five other Pentium M models, with the size of the cuts ranging from 13.3 percent to 30.5 percent.

The price of the 1.8GHz Pentium M 745 was reduced 30.5 percent, from US$423 to US$294; the 1.7GHz Pentium M 735's price was reduced by 18 percent, from US$294 to US$241; the 1.6GHz Pentium M 725's price by 13.2 percent, to US$241 to US$209. All three of these chips have 2M bytes of Level 2 cache.

Prices were cut by 18.3 percent on the 1.7GHz Pentium M with 1M byte of Level 2 cache, from US$294 to US$241. The 1.6GHz Pentium M with 1M byte of Level 2 cache had its price reduced by 13.3 percent, from US$241 to US$209.

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

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