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Intel Announces Processor Plans for Wireless Notebook PCs, Cell Phones and Handhelds

Intel Corporation today outlined plans for next-generation wireless mobility products designed to improve productivity and drive new growth opportunities. The new disclosures include enhancements for the next Intel Pentium M processor, code-named Dothan; a computing platform based on Intel Centrino mobile technology, code-named Sonoma; and technology for upcoming Intel XScale technology-based processors for cell phones and PDAs, code-named Bulverde. The company also announced a chipset with new power-saving features and high-performing integrated graphics for mobile PCs based on Intel Centrino mobile technology.

The disclosures were made today at the Intel Developer Forum, where Intel executives also detailed Intel’s focus on the convergence of computing and communications along with wireless technologies for the home and corporate settings.

Intel Innovates on Four Key Areas of Mobility

Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and co-general manager of Intel’s Mobile Platforms Group, highlighted current and future Intel Centrino mobile technology products and initiatives to improve the four key requirements customers demand for mobile computing: integrated wireless LAN capability, breakthrough mobile performance, extended battery life and thinner, lighter designs.

“Intel and the industry have delivered on the promise of mobility,” said Chandrasekher. “More than 130 PC designs based on Intel Centrino mobile technology are expected to be available on the market by the end of this year, and Intel has verified the interoperability of Intel Centrino mobile technology with leading WLAN service providers who operate more than 20,000 hotspots worldwide. We will build on this success and drive continued growth in wireless mobility with our leading-edge manufacturing, new products and platform innovations.”

Intel today announced availability of the new Intel 855GME chipset, offering new power-saving features and, when used in combination with DDR-333 memory, delivering enhanced graphics and memory performance for notebook PCs based on Intel Centrino mobile technology. The chipset features Intel Display Power Saving Technology (DPST), which maintains apparent visual experience by managing display image brightness and contrast while adaptively dimming the backlight. Depending on the setting and system use, this feature can reduce display backlight power by up to 25 percent with minimal visual impact to the end-user. When paired with DDR-333 memory, the chipset delivers higher integrated graphics performance over the Intel 855GM chipset and can reduce power consumption with a new graphics core that can automatically adjust frequency when switching between AC and battery power. The Intel 855GME chipset will be included in the Intel Stable Image Platform Program, which aims to give customers greater platform stability and transition planning guidance to help reduce their IT image management and support costs.

The Mobile PC Extended Battery Life Working Group, a worldwide, industry-wide group of companies working together to extend the battery life of mobile PCs, also today announced new recommendations to enable uniform and consistent power measurement of display subsystems across the mobile PC LCD industry. The Display Subsystem Power Measurement Recommendations are designed to promote consistency among display vendors and drive the display subsystems to the milestone of drawing power consumption of three watts or less.

“With the new Intel 855GME chipset, Intel has helped reduce display power consumption and enable power savings for mobile PCs,” said Chandrasekher. “Simultaneously, we have worked with the industry to improve the measurement of display power, with the objective of further enhancing mobile power management. These complementary efforts demonstrate Intel’s comprehensive approach to improving the mobile PC experience, from industry standards to processors and chipsets to platform-level innovation.”

Intel will continue to enhance mobile PCs based on Intel Centrino mobile technology later this year with 802.11a/b and 802.11b/g wireless networking components and the next-generation Intel Pentium M processor, code-named Dothan. Built using Intel’s advanced 90-nanometer manufacturing technology, Dothan has smaller transistors and employs a strained silicon technique to enable higher performance headroom. With 140 million transistors, Dothan will also feature micro-architectural enhancements and a 2MB power-optimized, integrated Level 2 cache for faster memory access. Dothan revenue shipments are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.

The Sonoma mobile platform for the second half of 2004, based on Intel Centrino mobile technology, will continue Intel’s focus on delivering the best computing experience for mobile PC users. The platform will incorporate a future Pentium M processor; integrated 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN capability, enabling faster wireless communication and support for industry standard security solutions; and a new chipset, code-named Alviso. The chipset will include a new graphics engine and support new high-performance industry standards such as PCI Express and ExpressCard*, next-generation DDR2 memory, next-generation physical storage (Serial ATA), and Intel’s new Azalia audio interface.

Intel: Delivering Convergence For Phones and Handheld PCs

Supporting its computing and communications convergence theme during IDF, Intel executives noted that in addition to the number of PCs with wireless communications capability, leading cell phones and PDA makers have introduced devices running Intel silicon with the ability to bring higher levels of computing power to communications devices.

Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Wireless Communications and Computing Group described how Intel is delivering on convergence with newly available phones and upcoming technologies. The company is enabling top brand name phone makers to provide new features and services based on Intel technology and the company’s ability to offer complete solutions.

“Success in delivering converged devices means offering far more than just hardware,” said Smith. “It requires developing an ecosystem of software and tools to bring new and compelling capabilities and functions. The development community has recognized the key role Intel is playing in this segment and is actively working to help capture the opportunities enabled by the convergence of computing and communications.”

In addition to the latest Intel-based designs, current and future technologies will enable convergence well into the future. For example, an upcoming Intel XScale technology based processor, code-named Bulverde, will add camera phone capabilities and enhance low-power and multimedia performance for cell phones and PDAs.

Another example includes the Intel PXA800EF cellular processor, the industry’s first highly integrated chip for EDGE networks. Intel’s communications expertise and ability allows the company to deliver a wide range of wireless support – from communications protocols such as GSM and GPRS to EDGE – all based on Intel’s advanced “Wireless-Internet-on-a-Chip” process technology.

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