Intel to launch new mobile chips Tuesday, source says

Intel is set to roll out a faster version of its Pentium 4 processor for notebook users on Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the company's plans. In addition, the chip maker on Sunday cut prices by as much as 27 percent on some existing mobile chips, apparently in preparation for the launch.

New processors on tap for Tuesday include a Mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M running at 1.8 GHz, the source said. That is an improvement on the existing speeds in that family of 1.7 GHz and 1.6 GHz. Intel also will introduce slower versions of the chip to round out the product line, the source said.

It wasn't immediately clear which notebook makers would offer the chips in new systems, but at least a handful of major system makers typically climb on board for an Intel speed upgrade. The company plans to make sure the new chips are available at U.S. retail outlets, where they were sometimes hard to come by after the first mobile Pentium 4 processors were launched in March, the source said.

An Intel spokeswoman declined to comment on products that have not yet been announced.

The Santa Clara, California, chip maker competes with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in the market for PC chips.

On Sunday, Intel cut prices of its Mobile Pentium III-M Processor family, which is based on an older chip architecture than the Mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M. The price of the 1.2GHz version fell 21 percent to $401, while the price of the 1.13GHz version was cut by 27 percent, to $294. The 1.06GHz and 1.0GHz versions each fell 18 percent in price, to $241 and $198, respectively, Intel said. Prices are for chips bought in 1,000-unit quantities.

The Pentium III Processor-M comes with a 133MHz or 100MHz system bus and uses Intel's P6 microarchitecture. The Pentium 4 processor-M comes with a 400MHz system bus and uses Intel's newer NetBurst microarchitecture.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Niccolai

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?