SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today announced the industry's first PC microprocessor that operates with less than 1 volt of power while consuming less than 1 watt.
The Pentium III processor is part of a new series of CPUs aimed at sub-notebook systems, weighing less than three pounds. The Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Pentium III processor uses Intel's SpeedStep technology to operate at less than 1 V with 300-MHz of performance under battery power. The chip also runs at 500 MHz when the PCs are plugged into power outlets.
Intel also rolled out an Ultra Low Voltage version of its mobile Celeron processor for "value" sub-notebook systems. The processor also runs at 500 MHz and employs SpeedStep technology for low-voltage operation under battery power.
"Last year Intel led with SpeedStep technology, and the first sub 1-watt PC processor," said Frank Spindler, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. One year ago, Intel launched Pentium III processors with the SpeedStep technology that automatically switches into two different modes for maximum performance when running from AC power or slightly slower operation in a battery-optimized setting (see Jan. 18, 2000, story).
The new processors are fabricated with 0.18-micron technology. In quantities of 1,000 and packaged in ball-grid arrays, the Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Pentium III costs $208 each and the Celeron is priced at $118.