Intel has introduced a mobile 120-MHz version of its Pentium processor with MMX multimedia instructions aimed at the emerging mini-notebook category.
The low-power consumption processor operates internally at 2.2 volts and consumes only 4.2 watts of power, Intel said.
Priced at US$177 in 1,000-unit quantities, Intel said that it is targeting the processor at a new class of portable computing devices - so-called mini-notebook PCs.
"Mini-notebooks offer users a unique combination of portability and functionality," said Frank Spindler, director of marketing at Intel's mobile and handheld products group, in a prepared statement.
The category includes models - such as Toshiba's two-pound Libretto device - which are capable of running Windows 95 and applications, but which are much smaller than the A4-sized standard notebook PCs.