Intel Corp. next week will complement its mobile Pentium MMX processor line with a 166-MHz chip built with the firm's 0.25-micron technology, according to sources. The chip will be priced slightly higher than the current 0.35-micron part but will offer lower power consumption and less heat generation.
Notebook OEMs value the 0.25-micron technology embodied in Intel's Tillamook processors, said Kelly Henry, senior analyst at International Data Corp., in Framingham, Massachusetts. The chips' lower power consumption allow these suppliers to offer longer battery life, an important customer demand, she added.
Although Henry would not confirm that Intel will be adding the166-MHz notebook Pentium MMX chip, she noted that the company is committed to converting its product line to 0.25-micron technology.
Intel also plans to offer a 266-MHz version of the Pentium MMX for mobile machines next week, and system OEMs have committed to using the chip.
The first 0.25-micron Pentium II part, a 333-MHz CPU, will be introduced Jan. 26.
Intel officials would not comment on future products.
Intel Corp., in Santa Clara, Calif., can be reached at (800) 628-8686 or http://www.intel.com/.