Industry heavyweights IBM and Intel have launched initiatives that improve the energy efficiency of low power processors and boost performance.
Chipmaker Intel took the wraps off six new mobile Pentium IIIs and six new mobile Celerons based on its 0.13-micron manufacturing process technology which feature lower power consumption and new levels of performance.
These include the Pentium III-M 1.2Ghz, the world's fastest mobile PC chip, and the 700Mhz Pentium III-M, the world's lowest-power consuming PC processor, both of which operate at 0.95 volts while consuming less than half a watt of power.
Also included in the roll out are low-voltage chips at 733Mhz, 750Mhz, and 800Mhz. New 650 Mhz, 733Mhz, 800Mhz, 866Mhz, 900Mhz and 933Mhz mobile Celerons were also unveiled.
Frank Spindler, general manager of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group, said this introduction extends the benefits of the mobile Pentium III-M to the smallest notebook PCs.
The company said that the new low and ultra-low voltage mobile processors include 512Kb of L2 cache and a new processor system bus at up to 133Mhz. The new low-power chips will go into ultra-portable laptops or laptops that weigh three pounds or less.
On the same day, IBM launched a company-wide initiative to improve the energy efficiency of IT for enterprises and consumers by creating a worldwide low-power computing research effort through its research lab in Texas.
Big Blue said it has also set up a low-power consulting practice which will advance the company's ultra-low power components and power-efficient servers, storage systems, PCs and notebooks.
The new service will help customers evaluate the power requirements of their technology infrastructures and assess cost-effective alternatives.
Mark Dean, vice president of systems research at IBM, said that the company is the first to address energy consumption across the entire computing spectrum "from mainframes to handhelds. The next phase of innovation in computers and devices is to simultaneously improve performance and reduce power consumption."
Dean also said that the demand for increasingly powerful systems is driving up the amount of heat within many new products. "If we don't address the power issue, products will become so hot that you'll be able to cook with them rather than compute with them."
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