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Intel plans to launch low-powered notebook chip

Intel is currently developing a processor specifically for portable computers. Top of the list of design priorities is lower power consumption that will lead to longer notebook battery life.

Intel has made moves to improve laptop battery life, with newly announced plans to release first chip designed from the ground up to power notebooks. Due out at the end of 2002, the new chip is part of an increased focus on the laptop market by Intel, as well as other chipmakers.

“There are a lot of unique, mobile characteristics,” said Frank Spindler, general manager of Intel’s mobile unit. “You can think of it as a new architecture. We may add performance through different techniques and core architectures.”

The upcoming chip, which is apparently named after an archaeological site in the Middle East, will differ from other Intel notebook chips in two fundamental ways. Firstly, it will contain more power conservation features than current notebook processors. Secondly, the chip will have a distinct architecture from Intel’s desktop chips, and is intended to coexist with a mobile version of Pentium 4, but consume less power.

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