SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In a move to enable a new class of powerful portable computers, Intel Corp. here today formally announced the first in a family of Pentium 4 microprocessors and chip sets for notebook PCs and related products.
Based on a 0.13-micron process technology, Intel's first mobile Pentium 4 processors come in 1.6- and 1.7-GHz speed grades. The new processors work in conjunction with Intel's 845M chip sets, which supports the 266-MHz version of the double-data-rate (DDR) SDRAM standard.
The new mobile MPUs, called the Pentium 4 Processor M series, will enable the development of high-speed, low-power notebook computers that cost less than $2,500 right now, said Donald MacDonald, director of marketing for the Mobile Platform Group at Intel in Santa Clara.
Prices for Pentium 4-based notebook computers are expected to drop and sell for below $1,500 by the end of this year, MacDonald said. The new chips are geared for full-sized, thin-and-light, and other form factors in the notebook PC space, he told SBN in an interview at last week's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.
The new chips are 55-million transistor devices that consist of the same core as Intel's Pentium 4 processors for desktops. But the new mobile chips incorporate the company's low-power technologies, enabling the processors to run between 1-to-1.3 volts and consume less than 2 Watts of power, MacDonald said.
The chips are bundled with the company's Enhanced Speed Step, Deep Sleep and other technologies. Peak voltage on the chips range from 1-to-1.3 volts and power consumption is about 1.46 Watts. The new processors also support a 400-MHz front-side bus, 512-kilobits of cache, AGP 4X, and the DDR266.
Meanwhile, the 845 chip set family includes two products, the 845MP and 845MZ. Both are designed, validated and optimized for the mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M. The 845MP supports external graphics and is available today. The 845MZ reportedly supports internal graphics and will be available later this year.
The 845MP offers external AGP 4X graphics support, a 400-MHz processor system bus, and DDR266 for up to 1-GB memory support. The new chipset also supports Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology, Deeper Sleep Alert State, a low-power graphics power management mode and an internal timer that automatically turns off the chipset clock when the chipset is inactive.
Additionally, the 845MP supports 6 USB ports and Intel's I/O Hub Architecture, providing a high bandwidth pipe that delivers fast communications and reduces latency time for I/O operations.
Housed in a flip-chip PGA package, the 1.6-GHz mobile Pentium 4 chip is $401, while the 1.7-GHz version is $508. Both are quoted in 1,000-piece lots.In 1,000-unit quantities the 845MP chip set is $43.