TECHXNY - Compaq previews new Evo laptop

Combining an upcoming low-power Intel chip with its newly re-designed Evo line of computers, Compaq on Wednesday announced plans to begin shipping an Evo Notebook N200 powered by Intel's Tualatin chip, officials for Compaq said here at TECHXNY.

The N200 system, scheduled to ship later this year, will deliver as many as 8 hours of use on a single battery charge, according to Compaq officials. Weighing less than 3 pounds, the N200 will offer a full range of features including 802.11b wireless options, the 1.13GHz Intel chip, 128MB of memory, a 20GB hard drive, 2 USB ports, and a 10.4-inch XGA TFT display, officials said.

Pricing will be available when the N200 system begins to ship, Compaq officials said.

The N200 system will be powered by Intel's Tualatin chip, the code name for Intel's 0.13-micron Mobile Pentium III processor. The Intel chip, set to ship in the third quarter of this year, will be one of the first Intel chips manufactured to 0.13-micron architecture, according to Intel. The chip consumes less power, and runs cooler than Intel's current mobile chips built to 0.18-micron specifications, according to Intel.

At the announcement, Frank Spindler, Intel's vice president of mobile products, said to expect even better mobile performance and battery life from Intel chips expected to debut in 2003. The future chips, produced at Intel's fabrication facility in Israel, will boast a "new architecture" unlike current Intel mobile chips, said Spindler.

Compaq is expected to embrace all future Intel chips for its product lines. On Monday, the computer maker announced it would retire its Unix-based 64-bit Alpha processors in support of Intel's 64-bit Itanium processors. The move was seen by industry experts as a long-term commitment to the Intel platform.

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