Intel Introduces New Microprocessors

Tuesday, January 30th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Advancing again in the race to manufacture chips for the mobile computer market, Intel Corp. has built two new energy-saving versions of its Pentium III and Celeron microprocessors.

The two new low-voltage chips, to be introduced on Tuesday, are designed for lightweight notebooks weighing less than three pounds. One of them, the Pentium III, is the industry's first to operate at 300-megahertz speed under 1 volt while consuming less than a half watt of power, Intel officials said.

The less power drained by the chip, the longer the battery lasts.

Developing such power-efficient microprocessors has become a high-stakes competition in the fast-growing segment of notebook computers, which is projected to triple to 30 million units in the United States by the year 2005.