SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. here has added several Pentium III and Celeron microprocessors to its "applied computing" portfolio of embedded cores.
Interestingly, the chip maker has chosen several speed grades that it currently uses for its line of desktop chips, an indication that the embedded information-appliance market is demanding higher performance.
Intel has adapted a 733- and 700-MHz Pentium III, a 566-MHz Celeron, and two low-power devices: a 500-MHz Pentium III and a 400-MHz Celeron.
"Today's announcement greatly widens developers' choices by expanding the range of performance and price options available including faster Pentium III and Celeron processors," said Joe Jensen, general manager of the Embedded Intel Architecture Division. "With its comprehensive offering of processor technologies and extended lifecycle solutions, Intel is boosting both its momentum and commitment of support for applied computing applications in commercial and industrial market segments."
Prices were not disclosed, but a spokesman said he believed that pricing would roughly equate to the desktop models. All of the chips, save for the processors designed specifically for low-power consumption, ship inside a flip-chip package. The two low-power chips are packaged inside a BGA.
The 733-MHz Pentium III features a 133-MHz front-side bus interface and has been qualified with the Intel 840, or "Carmel," chipset. The 700-MHz Pentium III contains a 100-MHz bus interface and is designed for the Intel 810 and 440BX chipsets. The other chips have been qualified only for the 440BX.