Intel steps up to mobile challenge

Intel's latest range of microprocessors for the notebook market feature the unique SpeedStep technology to extend battery life for mobile computing.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 28, 2000

Intel has released its new range of SpeedStep processors, specially designed for mobile usage. The new Pentium III chips are clocked at 650 to 850MHz, and are shipping immediately.

The SpeedStep technology provides mobile users with longer battery life by switching between clock speeds and voltages according to whether the device is running on battery or AC power. In maximum performance mode – when AC power is used – the device functions at full speed of 850MHz and 1.65 volts. When the device switches to battery power the chip powers down to battery optimized mode running at 1.35 volts and 700MHz.

The 800MHz SpeedStep processor drops to 650MHz in battery optimised mode. Both chips consume less than 2 watts of power to provide the user with the longest battery life possible.

The processors also have Intel’s QuickStart technology, which automatically powers down the processor into a power saving mode that only consumes one half watt between keystrokes.

Don MacDonald, marketing director for Intel’s mobile platforms group commented: “The world’s leading PC manufacturers are using Intel mobile technology to provide users with the best combination of high performance and battery life for today’s advanced PC and Internet software. SpeedStep is helping PC makers deliver near desktop-equivalent performance in smaller lighter, mobile PCs that run longer.”

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