Brief: Intel to launch Pentium M in six speeds

Intel Corp. will launch a major push the notebook computer market next week with the launch of six processors under the Pentium M name.

The chips will be announced March 12 and will kick off a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign that pushes Intel's chips and its new Centrino architecture, which includes the Pentium M, the companion chip set and a wireless LAN adapter.

The first Pentium M processors, which pack around 77 million transistors, will be available at speeds of 1.6, 1.5, 1.4 and 1.3 GHz as well as a low-voltage version at 1.1 GHz and an ultralow-voltage version at 900 MHz, according to Intel.

In addition to the new processor, Intel is launching a new chip set, which is the chip that connects the processor with most of the rest of the computer. The chip set will be available in two versions, the 855PM and 855GM, the latter of which has integrated graphics support. To match the Pentium M chips, both chip sets support the 400-MHz processor front-side bus being used on the new processor. They can also support up to 2GB of double data rate memory, which is twice that supported by Intel's current mobile chip sets.

The wireless LAN adapter that makes up part of Centrino will support IEEE 802.11b.

Copyright © 2003 IDG Communications, Inc.

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