Intel has unveiled three new Pentium M processors featuring Centrino technology.
Formerly code-named Dothan, the new processors are the first to be built using Intel's 90-nanometres (90nm) manufacturing process, resulting in chips with faster clock speeds and more on-die cache memory.
The 90nm-built chips are manufactured on 300mm wafers, which provide more than twice the capacity of the earlier 200mm wafers. According to Intel, the new chips boost performance by up to 17 per cent over the previous generation.
The Pentium M 735, 745 and 755 are 1.7GHz, 1.8GHz and 2GHz processors respectively, and all come with 2Mb of Level 2 cache.
Combined with the rec-ently introduced Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection, the new processors allow for improved high-definition video playback, faster application response, better multi-tasking and higher-bandwidth wireless data transmission.
System builders will be happy to know that socket-level compatibility with the previous Pentium M processor generation means the new processors can be built into existing system designs. The low-power and wireless advantages of Centrino remain key selling points, and Intel is continuing to promote it heavily.
"Wireless mobile computing has clearly resonated with business users, driving Intel Centrino mobile technology to become a mainstay in enterprise IT deployments," claimed Anand Chandrasekher, co-general manager of the Mobile Products Group at Intel.
"With higher-performing platforms and a growing ecosystem of software and services, Intel Centrino mobile technology is poised to extend the 'unwired' lifestyle beyond the enterprise to consumers at home and on the road."
Les Billing, managing director of system builder Microtronica, agreed that Centrino is popular with the corporate segment.
"Centrino represents 20 to 25 per cent of the mobile market, and most corporates are using Centrino notebooks exclusively," he said.
"Education is also proving to be a popular market for Centrino, thanks to the wireless features and the five hours of continuous use. Some notebook chassis will even allow you to add another battery to extend battery life to more than eight hours."
The 735, 745 and 755 are shipping now and cost $294, $423 and $697 for 1,000 units.
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