Intel is stepping up its mobile chip production to meet the anticipated strong demand for laptops running Windows 2000.
The chip giant said the operating system, which was launched today, contains a number of features that will bring benefits to mobile computer users that were not available in previous versions of Windows NT.
"What is not well known is how significant this launch will be for notebook PCs. Windows 2000 really is the first mobile-friendly version of NT," said Frank Spindler, Intel's director of mobile marketing.
"It's going to improve a lot of things for mobile users, and there is a great attraction for businesses in moving to a single operating system environment for both desktops and notebooks. NT never had nice mobile features."
Windows 2000 has more capable suspend states, said Spindler, allowing users to keep their notebook in suspend mode. It also has very fast resume times, he said.
Intel has noticed a strong trend towards the use of mobiles in companies, in many cases as a replacement for desktops, said Spindler.
"At Intel we're moving to 80 per cent mobiles and there's a lot of companies doing the same thing. We are also going to see some of the commodities such as screens, which have been in short supply and expensive, improving."
Spindler said Intel is increasing production of its mobile processors to avoid the demand problems that the company experienced in the second half of 1999 with some of its other processors.
"The reason for the supply problems was due to a combination of circumstances. We were in the middle of a transition from 0.25 micron technology to 0.18 and that caused problems. We now have five fabs on 0.18 already and another on the way," he said.
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