Computer makers launch 1GHz notebooks

A phalanx of major computer manufacturers marched out notebook computers using Intel Corp.'s newly released 1Ghz mobile processor Monday.

Intel's new chip uses SpeedStep technology, slowing the processor down to 700MHz when operating on battery power to save energy.

Unveiled Monday, Hewlett-Packard's Pavilion N6395 features the 1GHz processor, a 30 G-byte hard drive and a 15-inch (37.5-centimeter) display. The consumer-oriented notebook retails for US$3,199.

Dell announced support for the 1GHz chip in its Inspiron 8000 and Latitude C800 notebook computers on Monday. The Inspiron sells at a $2,499 starting price with the 1GHz processor according to Dell's Web site, while the Latitude sells for $2,757.

NEC announced the NEC Versa VXi notebook computer with support for the new 1GHz mobile Pentium III processor. The notebook will ship by mid-May, priced at approximately $2,999 according to the company.

Compaq Computer launched high-end Presario notebook computers for consumers with the 1GHz chip Monday, and promised to deliver by April improved capabilities for its Armada notebooks, which are aimed at businesses. The Presario 1800 has Intel Corp. Pentium III processors of up to 1GHz in customer-configured models for US$2,199.

Gateway announced the Solo 9500 with a 1GHz chip, starting at $2,599 in customer configurations.

A host of other notebook computer makers plan to produce machines using the new chips, including Acer Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., IBM Corp., and Toshiba Corp., according to Intel.

Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-987-8080 or http://www.intel.com/.

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