The senior VP of mobile platforms at Intel US said today that his company will release designs in the second half of next year which will incorporate advanced graphic processing (AGP).
Stephen Nachtsheim said: "I expect you will see AGP on a lot of notebooks in the second half of next year. Many people use notebooks as desktop replacements and it's not crazy to use AGP in a notebook."
He said: "There are already some good mobile AGP chips and our future chipsets will support AGP, as long as we do not exceed the power limits."
He said that by the end of next year, Intel expects that the majority of mobile machines will use one of the dual Pentium II designs which Intel will introduce early next year. That will spell the end of the road for the Pentium MMX ceramic processors. Intel will introduce 233MHz, 266MHz and 300MHz of the mobile Pentium II.
"1998 will not be a crossover year in terms of volumes but by the end of the year it will be getting very close," he said.
The introduction of the Pentium II into the mobile market would not affect power consumption and therefore battery life, Nachtsheim said.
"When we introduce mobile PIIs, the power functions on a notebook will be the same as when the Pentium was introduced," he said.
He said that Intel will introduce a 266MHz Tillamook processor for the mobile market but did not give a date for its introduction. He said it was possible that Intel would also introduce a 166MHz version of the processor because it gave better power consumption.
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