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Intel lowers the bar

Intel demos low-power notebook

Intel demonstrated a notebook PC based on its very low power 1.16GHz Tualatin processor on Monday. Scheduled to ship this autumn, Tualatin is the codename for a low-power version of the Mobile Pentium III processor to be produced using a 0.13 micron process.

The Tualatin system, which included an Intel 830 chipset, was demonstrated in Taiwan as part of the Computex IT trade show by William Siu, vice president of Intel's desktop platform group.

The notebook demonstrated by Siu was shown running eight simultaneous video streams to maintain high processor usage. After running the demonstration on battery power for 45 minutes during Siu's speech, the notebook had 65 percent power remaining, according to an Intel engineer who assisted Siu with the demonstration.

Intel's Mobile Pentium processors are currently made using a 0.18 micron process. Shifting to a 0.13 micron production process will allow Intel to produce chips that offer lower power consumption and higher processor clock speeds. This translates to higher processor performance, claims Intel.

Some versions of Tualatin will offer battery life of between eight and 10 hours, Siu claimed.


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