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Intel Mobile Processor Delivers Best Performance

New Intel Mobile Processor Delivers Best Performance And Minimal Power Consumption For Sub 3-Pound Notebooks

AUCKLAND, March 1, 2001 - Intel today announced at the Intel Developers Forum in San Jose, a new addition to its family of low-power processors for small mobile PCs. The Low Voltage mobile Pentium® III processor 700 MHz featuring Intel® SpeedStep™ technology delivers the best performance, lowest power consumption and extended battery life to new categories of mini-notebooks weighing less than 3 pounds. This processor is shipping in volume today with systems available from leading PC vendors.

“Intel is absolutely committed to developing mobile processors and technologies to deliver the best mobile experience,” said Don MacDonald, marketing director of Intel’s Mobile Platforms Group. “This power-efficient mobile processor consumes less than 1 watt of power while delivering the best performance and extended battery life available today for mini notebooks.”

Intel’s Low-Power Technologies
All of Intel’s mobile processors are specially engineered to meet the performance, power, cooling and size requirements of mobile PCs. The Mobile Pentium III processor featuring Intel SpeedStep technology can dynamically switch clock frequency and voltage, depending on whether the computer is running on batteries or is plugged into AC power. When running in Battery Optimized Mode, the processor runs at a lower frequency and lower voltage, significantly lowering CPU power consumption while still delivering high performance. When a user plugs into an AC outlet, the notebook automatically switches to Maximum Performance Mode, increasing the frequency significantly. Users also have the freedom to select the Maximum Performance Mode even while running on batteries. Making the switch is as easy as clicking an icon at the bottom of the screen - and no reboot is required.

In addition, Intel’s 0.18-micron process technology enables processors to operate at the lowest voltage in the industry while Intel’s QuickStart technology can instantaneously start or power down the processor to minimal power levels when the processor is not in use -- even between keystrokes while typing.

Specifications and Pricing
Intel’s new Low Voltage mobile Pentium III processor featuring Intel SpeedStep technology at 700 MHz is the fastest mobile processor for mini-notebooks. In Maximum Performance Mode the processor runs at 700 MHz and operates at 1.35 volts. In Battery Optimized Mode both clock frequency and voltage are scaled down and the processor runs at 500 MHz, at 1.1 volts, while consuming less than 1 watt of average power.**

In 1,000-unit quantities, in Ball Grid Array (BGA) packaging, the Low Voltage mobile Pentium III processor 700 MHz featuring Intel SpeedStep technology is priced at $316. The processor features a 100 MHz system bus; 256 Kilobyte full-speed Advanced Transfer Cache; Advanced System Buffering; and Streaming SIMD extensions for higher system performance.

Intel Mobile Processor Family
By designing industry-leading mobile processors for every type of mobile PC, Intel enables manufacturers to design systems that offer the best performance, low power consumption and extended battery life for all mobile PC segments. The previously introduced mobile Pentium
III processor at speeds up to 850 MHz is for full-sized as well as thin-and-light designs, the most popular categories for mobile PCs. Intel’s Low Voltage mobile Pentium III processor at 700 MHz targets mini-notebooks, while the new Ultra Low Voltage mobile Pentium III processor 500 MHz is optimized for the emerging sub-notebook category.

About IDF
The Intel Developer Forum is Intel's premier technical conference, featuring more than 250 sessions and hands-on labs, along with numerous demonstrations of cutting-edge products and technologies. Now in its fifth year, the semi-annual conference provides hardware original equipment manufacturers, and independent hardware and software vendors with in-depth information on Intel technologies and initiatives.

Visit for more information, including information regarding Forums outside the United States. Subscribe to the Intel Developer Update Magazine at for updated information throughout the year.

Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at
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