Intel Corp. Monday introduced three Pentium M notebook processors -- a 1.7GHz device, a low-voltage 1.2GHz CPU, and an ultra-low-voltage 1GHz chip.
The 1.7GHz processor replaces Intel's 1.6GHz Pentium M as the line's highest speed device, while the low-voltage 1.2GHz and ultra-low-voltage 1GHz devices supersedes processors running at 1GHz and 900MHz, respectively.
The 1.7GHz Pentium M is $637 in 1,000 unit quantities. Concurrent with the introduction, Intel dropped the price of the 1.6GHz version 34% to $423.
Intel also cut the prices of other Pentium M chips, with the 1.5GHz version falling 31% to $294 and the 1.4GHz processor dropping 19% to $241.
Intel also said it will unveil updated networking software later this month to allow for greater security as part of its PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection chip line. The Intel WLAN chips are bundled with the Pentium M processor and 855 chipset family as part of the Centrino mobile PC brand.
The security software update will support the latest enhanced Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) standard as well the latest version of the Cisco Systems Inc. Compatible Extensions software. Intel said the enhancements will improve authentication and encryption features for its WLAN connection.