Intel will on Monday launch 15 new additions to its Pentium microprocessor line, including the first mobile Pentium III chips.
The new chips are all based on the company's 0.18 micron manufacturing technology - codenamed coppermine - which enables faster speeds, new performance enhancing features and lower power consumption.
Intel said the launch is the broadest in the company's history and includes chips for desktops, mobiles, server and workstations.
The processors feature a new Advanced Transfer cache that the company said delivers a performance boost of 28 per cent when compared to previous Pentium III and Pentium III Xeon processors based on the company's 0.25 micron based chips running at the same speeds.
The launch also marks the first time the Pentium III processor has reached systems for mobile computer users. According to Intel, the new mobile processors bring, in some cases, greater than 100 per cent performance increase over previous Pentium II platforms.
Gordon Graylish, Intel's director product marketing for Europe Middle East and Africa, commented: "The breadth of today's announcement, in combination with the significant new performance available for all major market segments, is unprecedented in the computer industry," he said.
"We are now delivering 0.18 micron processors with new design enhancements in high volume to all segments of Internet computing - desktop, mobile, workstation and server," he added.
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