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Intel Corporation unveiled its plans concerning next generation processors for mobile computers. Besides long-term intentions, the Santa Clara, California-based processor giant laid the cards about short-term future on the table about this years’ Dothan processor launch as well as some other important events.

In the second quarter this year Intel will add ULV (Ultra Low-Voltage) Pentium M 1.0GHz CPU and LV (Low Voltage) 1.20GHz processor to the product family. According to the current plans this will happen in June. In the same timeframe the company will launch its 1.70GHz Pentium M processor. Presently Intel offers 1.10GHz LV and 900MHz ULV Pentium M chips, while the highest-end model is 1.60GHz Pentium M processor. Intel also sells 600MHz ULV Pentium M CPUs branded as “Celeron 600A” exclusively for Sony and its VAIO PCG-U101 notebook.

Dothan processor with 2MB of L2 cache will appear in the fourth quarter this year starting at 1.80GHz. Made using 90nm fabrication process, this processor will increase its core frequency to 1.90GHz and above already in the first quarter next year. Besides higher-end versions, Intel will offer LV and ULV processors based on the Dothan core. We may expect that the core speed of these chips will be more than 1.30 and 1.10GHz respectively. Ordinary Pentium M processors with 2MB of L2 cache and made using 90nm process will typically consume more energy than its predecessors. It was said that TDP of higher-end Dothan processors will be 29 to 31W, while current the 1.60GHz Pentium M chip’s thermal design power is just 24.5W. The processors will still be targeted for mobile computers, though, Intel has nothing against using these chips as replacement for desktop processors. In fact, the current Pentium 4-M CPUs consume 30.0W when in full-speed mode, so, Dothan and Banias cores are not panacea for substantial decrease of power consumption. Well, at least, 30W is lower than TDP from 35W to 41W and above of Intel’s Prescott-M and later Tejas-M processors for portable computers.

Intel will also bring i855GME and i852GME to the market with the Dothan processor’s launch. We already told you quite a lot about these core-logic products earlier this year, see this news-story for details.

As I learned from this Japanese web-site, Intel also plans to offer the Mobile Celeron processors based on the  Banias and Dothan cores in Q1 2004. There will be at least two products of such kind: the Mobile Celeron processor 800A (Dothan; 90nm; 1MB of L2; ULV) and the Mobile Celeron processor 1.30GHz (Banias; 0.13 micron; 512KB of L2; LV). Intel also intends to produce Mobile Celeron processors using the Prescott-M core, but has no plans to utilise the Tejas-M core for inexpensive mobile platforms.

In the second half of 2004 Intel will introduce its new chipset for both portability and mobility platforms. Currently code-named Alviso-GM, the one will support DDR-II SDRAM memory and PCI Express interconnection. We expect a number of versions of this chipset to come.

In the year 2005 Intel will again offer a completely new processor for mobile computers. This will be based on the totally new architecture and currently there are no facts that the chip code-named Merom has something to do with Tejas or Nehalem architectures. It looks like the Merom processors will be targeted at various segments of the market from low-end to high-end, that is why no Intel Celeron processors based on the desktop cores are planned for release in the timeframe. Intel Merom CPUs will be produced using 90nm process technology, but Intel will shrink them to 65nm in 2006. The 65nm processor’s code-name is Gilo and presently we have no other details about differences between the Gilo and the Merom.

For the Merom and the Gilo processors Intel will offer totally new core-logic sets code-named Crestine-GM. We may expect the novelties to support DDR-II SDRAM, PCI Express as well as the latest I/O functions, however, no official details are revealed at this time.

The market of mobile computers grows rapidly that is why there is no surprise that Intel develops a number of totally new platforms for such PCs.

PS. It is interesting to note that both next-generation mobility processors from Intel carry the names of places in Israel. Merom is a district near the springs of the Jordan River, while the Mount Gilo, lies between Jerusalem and Bethlehem and also the name of a city (now a suburb of Jerusalem). Just like Merom, Gilo was first mentioned in the Bible as one of the cities of the tribe of Judah;  a lot of legends are known about both places.

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Maybe the trend Via started has influenced Intel to go the same Israelich way. Wonder what Messiah and Zion will be...
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