Intel moved to underscore its credentials in the mobile PC market with the official launch yesterday of its Pentium III-M series of chips.
Formerly codenamed Tualatin, the III-M runs at cooler temperatures while consuming less power than its predecessors. It is aimed squarely at preventing chip upstart Transmeta from making any more inroads with its Crusoe series of chips.
Transmeta has had some success in Japan and Asia but US laptop makers have preferred to stick with the status quo of Intel, with AMD as a secondary supplier.
A slew of PC makers announced on Monday that they will deliver products using the new Intel chip, including Dell, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Sony. Each vendor made announcements emphasising that they would wring additional hours out of batteries because of the power saving properties of the III-M.
The chip is a manufacturing breakthrough for Intel as it is built to a 0.13 micron fabrication spec.
Analysts were impressed with the technology although, Dan Scovel, at investment bank Needham & Co, thought the chipmaker was still playing catch-up with Transmeta. "This a pretty big step from 0.18 micron and is a full step in the Moore's Law evolution of the semiconductor industry," he said.
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