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Intel Unveils Chip For Ultra Thin Laptops at Computex

Intel on Monday launched a new power-saving microprocessor intended for use in ultra-thin laptops, a move by the top chip maker to shore up its lead in mobile computing.

During the opening keynote speech at Computex, one of the world's largest technology trade shows, Maloney, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, Sales and Marketing Group, unveiled the new Intel Ultra-Low Voltage (ULV) processors, Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and a value chipset (Mobile Intel GS40 Express chipset) in addition to the recently released ULV Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Intel Core 2 Solo processor based on Intel Centrino 2 processor technology and Intel Centrino processor technology respectively.

These processors will enable a host of new, very thin consumer laptop PC designs with long battery life and at mainstream price points. These processors run cooler (TDP-10W) than the standard volt processors (TDP 25W-35W), thus enabling very thin (0.8"-1") laptops that are quieter and typically have longer battery life (over 7 hours with a 57WHr battery) at mainstream system price points. Intel will introduce an ultra-low voltage processor, the Pentium SU2700. The single-core processor runs at 1.3GHz and includes 2MB of cache.

Intel is also enhancing the Intel My WiFi technology introduced in Q1?09, with more devices that can wirelessly connect to notebooks with Intel Centrino 2 processor technology ? without using an Access point.

Intel is also introducing speed bumps on the 45nm Standard Voltage (SV) Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The SV Core 2 Duo processor is Intel?s energy-efficient microprocessor delivering mobile performance and responsiveness for demanding business users and consumers alike. The new processors support 1066 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB), Intel HD Boost for faster performance on such intensive multimedia applications as High-Definition (HD) video encoding, 6MB L2 Cache, the Deep Power Down Technology that shuts down processor cores and L2 cache when they are not needed for greater energy efficiency. The Intel SV Core 2 Duo processor family includes the first Core 2 Duo to cross the 3.0GHz threshold. The dual-core T9900 runs at 3.06GHz, includes 6MB of cache, and is priced at $530. The P9700 runs at 2.8GHz, includes 6MB of cache and is priced at $348. The P8800 runs at 2.66Ghz, includes 3MB of cache and is priced at $241.

The Intel GS40 Express chipset is the new Intel chipset for new ultra-thin laptops for consumers. The chipset enables Windows Vista Premium experience featuring Windows Aero, offer improved game playability with more execution units (10, as compared to 8 in previous generation) while the Enhanced Intel Clear Video Technology with software features including ProcAmp, high-quality scaling, film-mode detection and correction, MPEG2, and WMV9 hardware acceleration, enabling a high-definition video experience with smoother, stutter-free playback. The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M offers a graphics core frequency of 400MHz @1.05 and up to 384 MB of video memory.

Maloney also conducted the first public demonstration of "Pine Trail," the next-generation Intel Atom processor-based platform for netbooks and nettops. Intel is also planning new desktop PC chipsets that will make high definition (HD) available to mainstream desktop systems by the end of the year.

During his speech, Maloney congratulated Taiwan on shipping more than 1 billion Intel processor-based motherboards.

Intel will also deliver the "Lynnfield" and "Clarksfield" processors in the second half of the year and ship "Westmere" chips based on Intel's 32nm manufacturing with the company's second-generation Hafnium-based high-k metal gate transistor formula soon after. Combined, Maloney said the technology industry will have an almost infinite number of opportunities to create and ship new products into markets worldwide.

"Lynnfield" and the new P55 chipset platform brings Intel?s Nehalem microarchitecture to the mainstream. "Lynnfield," to begin production in 2H?09, is a new eight-thread, four-core Nehalem-based processor. The P55 chipset will be the first 5-series desktop chipset to support Lynnfield, and is a single chip for high performance, lower power via higher integration. Together with the processor, expect to see two chip solutions replacing three chip solutions as Intel drives a repartioned platform into the mainstream computing market.

While demonstrating "Pine Trail" running on a netbook, Maloney said it would have improved performance, lower thermals and a reduction in average power for longer battery life. It will also feature an increased graphics core frequency for improved visuals. "Pine Trail" will be a 2-chip platform versus today's 3-chip platform, with graphics and memory controller moving onto the processor, resulting in a smaller overall footprint that enables smaller, thinner designs and lower platform cost.

In addition, Maloney showed a beta version 2.0 of the Moblin operating system project for netbooks. The Moblin project features a rich, new user interface, better system responsiveness and fast boot times. Currently available for netbooks and nettops, Moblin version 2 beta for mobile Internet devices (MIDs), embedded and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems is expected by the end of 2009.

Maloney invited Mooly Eden, Intel vice president and general manager, Mobile Platforms Group, on stage to show off the latest Intel-based laptops including ultra-thin systems, which Intel believes will be a new major volume sales market for the company. These Intel-based ultra-low voltage notebooks can measure under an inch thick, weigh less than 3 pounds and can include wireless options such as Intel My WiFi or WiMAX. For computer users particularly interested in thin and light platforms, these products offer the best possible tradeoff between space, weight, performance, power and price. With this new introduction the starting price for sleek ultra-thin systems can be as low as $499.

Regarding the future of desktop PCs, Maloney said, "Our next-generation chipsets are taking our 32nm processor performance to mainstream PCs with products such as 'Clarkdale' and 'Arrandale' dramatically improving the PC experience." Maloney said despite the slowdown in the world economy, HD video is growing at an incredible rate. In fact, HDMI is the most popular interface technology for HD and is expected to grow at an annual rate of 23 percent through 2012. Intel's next-generation processor, "Lynnfield," will deliver stunning HD to mainstream desktop PCs and become available in the latter half of this year. Maloney said that compared to last year's "Penryn"-based mainstream solutions, computer users can expect more than 40 percent better performance.

Another growth area is bridging the digital divide, the more than 5 billion people around the world who have never had access to or used computers. Maloney believes the best way to solve this problem is to address both cost and connectivity challenges. He disclosed an initiative Intel is working on in India called "Project Blue" that combines affordable nettops based on the Intel Atom processor with WiMAX connectivity.

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