Intel Unveils 1 Gigahertz Chip for Notebook PCs

IBM, Dell, Compaq, HP, and Gateway will make computers with new chip. StaffMarch 19, 2001

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Intel Corp. introduced a new microprocessor chip for laptop computers, its first mobile processor to operate at a speed of 1 gigahertz.

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Monday’s announcement confirmed a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The new Pentium III 1 GHz chip uses a technology called SpeedStep, which is designed to run faster when power saving isn’t an issue and slow down the processor when the user wants to extend the time it runs on batteries. The Pentium III 1 GHz runs at 700 megahertz in the battery-optimized mode and will cost $722 when bought in lots of 1,000 units.

Intel (INTC) also introduced two other mobile processors on Monday. Another new Pentium III operates at 900 megahertz and costs $562. A new Celeron, for lower-cost laptop machines, runs at 750 megahertz and is priced at $170. Prior to these products being launched, the fastest Pentium III mobile chip was an 850-megahertz version, and the fastest Celeron mobile ran at 700 megahertz.

Intel said more than 20 new notebooks containing the chips will be sold by computer makers including Acer America Corp., Compaq Computer Corp. (CPQ), Dell Computer Corp. (DELL), Fujitsu Ltd., Gateway Inc. (GTW), Hewlett- Packard Co. (HWP), International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), NEC Corp. (NIPNY), Sony Corp. (SNE) and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.

In a separate statement, Dell on Monday said it will use Intel’s 1 GHz processor in its Inspiration 8000 and Latitude C800 notebook computers.

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