Toshiba and Compaq previewed notebooks and laptops powered by Intel's upcoming 0.13-micron Tualatin chip yesterday, while IBM and Compaq talked up new dual-processor servers that feature the server version of Tualatin.
Executive vice president Mike Splinter said in his keynote speech at the TechX NY conference that Intel has been shipping 0.13-micron-based Pentium III processors to its customers since May, and plans to debut the mobile Pentium III processor-M at speeds in excess of 1Ghz in the third quarter.
The company also plans to sample its first 0.13-micron based flash products in the fourth quarter.
Splinter said that Intel has brought forward the launch of its next fastest version of the Pentium 4 microprocessor, the 1.6Ghz and 1.8Ghz chips, which were originally expected to be available in the third quarter. The newest chips have already been shipped to PC makers, and systems will be announced next week, he said.
Compaq announced plans during the conference to begin shipping a redesigned Evo line of computers powered by the Tualatin chip later this year. The new notebook will weigh in at 2.5 pounds and run for eight hours on a single battery charge. It will also include 802.11b wireless options, 128Mb of memory, a 20Gb hard drive and two USB ports, the company said.
Toshiba said it will introduce a new Tecra laptop for business users when the Tualatin chip arrives in the third quarter.
Furthermore, IBM confirmed that both its eServer xSeries 232 and 342 machines will feature a 1.13Ghz Tualatin chip. The servers will support Windows and Linux operating systems.
Compaq unveiled two new servers, the rack-mountable 3.5-inch thick Proliant L380 and the more expandable ML370. Both include a 1.13Ghz Pentium III-S chip, the server version of Intel's Tualatin.
Analysts at the Meta Group said they view the Tualatin chips as a positive development for users, and that they should provide power at least equivalent to that of today's laptops while extending battery life 20 per cent and generating less heat.
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