Intel ships new chips

Intel has announced the availability of three new processors to support communications infrastructure, multimedia and the embedded market segments.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  June 2, 2004

Intel has announced the availability of three new processors to support communications infrastructure, multimedia and products for other embedded market segments. Embedded processors are commonly used in designs that possess long product lifecycles and require high-performance, low-power consumption. The new processors feature Intel's Speed Step technology, which enables significant power savings by managing voltage and frequency changes. “By choosing such standardised building blocks as the processors introduced today, developers can accelerate their time to market on a broad range of products and solutions,” says Tom Franz, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Communications Infrastructure Group. The processors include the Intel Pentium M processor 745 (formerly code named Dothan), Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Intel Celeron M processor and the Intel PXA270 processor for embedded computing. Intel Pentium M Processor 745 for the communications infrastructure For customers requiring extended product lifecycles, the Intel Pentium M processor 745 based on Intel’s mobile micro-architecture claims to boost performance by up to 17% as compared with the previous-generation processor. The 745 chip comes with two megs of integrated Level 2 (L2) cache operating at clock frequencies of 1.8 G/Hz. The 745 line of processors are targeted at wireline and wireless infrastructure solutions, and for Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) board designs says the chip vendor. Intel Pentium M processor 1.8 G/Hz has a suggested list price of US$415 in 10,000-unit quantities. Intel Celeron M processor for telecommunications With the lowest power consumption available among Intel Celeron M processors, the ULV Intel Celeron M processor at 600 M/Hz is targeted at developers of small form factor designs that do not require fans for cooling. According to Intel, wireless and wireline infrastructure segments, including those that use mezzanine cards and embedded market segments will benefit from the new ULV Intel Celeron M processor. The ULV Intel Celeron M processor 600 M/Hz has a suggested list price of US$127 in 10,000-unit quantities. Both the Pentium M 745 and Intel Celeron M processors offer socket-level compatibility with each other and the previous generation of processors. Intel PXA270 Processor for embedded computing The Intel PXA270 processors are targeted at developers designing graphics-rich applications such as personal media players, navigation devices and handheld POS terminals. Based on Intel XScale technology, the PXA270 is the first embedded communications product to integrate the Intel's Wireless MMX technology, providing additional performance for 3-D games and advanced video while improving battery-life. The Intel PXA270 processors will offer clock speed ranges in the range of 312M/Hz, 416 M/Hz and 520 M/Hz. Intel has also incorporated Intel Quick Capture technology to support full motion video and cameras delivering up to four megapixels of image quality. The Intel PXA270 processor for embedded computing is available in sample quantities today, with volume production planned next quarter. Suggested list price for 312 M/Hz is US$32 in 10,000-unit quantities.

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