SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today rolled out new mobile Pentium III processors featuring the company's SpeedStep technology, which automatically adjusts power settings and system speeds to balance performance and battery life in portable PCs.
The company said it is now offering 850- and 800-MHz Pentium III processors with SpeedStep functions to lower operating voltages for extended battery life when mobile PCs are not running off of AC power. A new 700-MHz Celeron processor was also introduced for lower-cost mobile PCs.
The 850-MHz Pentium III sells for $722 each in quantities of 1,000. This central processor unit runs at 1.65 volts in the maximum performance mode and drops to 1.35 volts for 700-MHz in the battery-optimized mode, said Intel. The 800-MHz (650-MHz battery-optimized mode) Pentium III chip sells for $508 each in quantities of 1,000. Both dissipate less than two watts of power.
The 700-MHz Celeron processor costs $181 each in 1,000-piece quantities. It runs on 1.6-volts and is Intel's fastest CPU for the "value" mobile PC market.