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Intel shows off new processors, chipsets and WiMAX at Computex opening

Taiwan trade show sees launch of new Atom processors for low cost, low power devices, high end chipsets and more WiMAX promotion

Intel has debuted new high-end desktop chipsets, and new versions of its low power Atom processor at the opening of the Computex exhibition in Taiwan today.

Presenting an opening keynote speech, Sean Maloney, Intel VP and GM for sales and marketing, spoke about the next generation of computing which would rely on connectivity and low cost devices to access content.

"The convergence of mobile computers, WiMAX wireless broadband, and powerful, HD-rich computer technologies point to a tremendous growth opportunity," said Maloney.

"Individuals - not households - will drive the next era of growth with people each owning one or more computing devices. People have an innate desire to be 'connected' all the time and see personalized, mobile technology as the way to meet that need," he added.

Maloney showcased the new Intel 4 Series Chipsets will be used in desktop PCs powered running 45nm Intel Core 2 and Quad processors. The chipsets have been designed to provide better performance with high definition content.

He also showed two low-power Atom processors, formerly codenamed Diamondville, that have been designed for small, low cost computers - rather than the previously announced Atom processors that are meant for mobile internet devices. The N270 and the 230 processors, for ‘netbooks' and ‘nettops' respectively, both clock at 1.6Ghz and have been designed for low power consumption and low cost.

Around one hundred new devices based on Intel processors and chipset-based motherboards are on show with computer manufacturers at this year's Computex.

Maloney also discussed WiMAX, saying the technology would be crucial to bringing mobile connectivity to the masses.

"Mobile WiMAX is the right solution and it's happening now. Wireless networks will be how the majority of people get connected and they have to be Web 2.0 capable. That means they've got to have a lot of bandwidth to send data either to or from devices at a rapid-fire pace," he said.

He was supported in promoting WiMAX by Taiwan's minister of Economic Affairs, Chii-ming Yiin, who said that WiMAX presents an opportunity for Taiwan's next round of high tech growth.

Intel has said that it is aiming to have WiMAX enabled notebooks in US during the second half of year.