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Sources close to mighty Intel Corporation continue to indicate further changes in plans of the Santa Clara, California-based semiconductor giant in addition to already unveiled adjustments in desktop and server roadmaps. It now transpires that the company’s intentions concerning mobile products next year will also be a little bit different from what was reported earlier.

Apparently, Intel will offer a bit broader line of its mobile processors powered by low-power Pentium M architecture, deploy 533MHz PSB in late 2004, and will delay its advanced Alviso platform until the fourth quarter of next year.

The launch of highly-anticipated Pentium M processor with 2MB L2 cache code-named Dothan produced using 90nm technology is projected to take place in the Q1 2004 without any substantial products.

The first 90nm mobile chips for professional sector will be available at 1.60GHz, 1.70GHz and 1.80GHz speeds early in 2004. In the Q3 Intel adds 2.0GHz Pentium M “Dothan” processor into its array of CPUs and in the Q4 the company plans to offer a new family of Dothan chips with speed beyond 2.0GHz and featuring 533MHz Quad Pumped Bus.

According to the current plans, Intel wants to offer 1.60GHz, 1.73GHz, 1.87GHz, 2.0GHz and 2.13GHz processors featuring its new 533MHz FSB by the end of 2004.

The company will not deploy its code-named Alviso lineup of core-logic sets for mobile applications until the Q4, instead of Q3, mentioned earlier. Therefore, we should not expect the code-named Sonoma mobile platform until the date as well. This is likely to affect some of Intel’s partners, such as Micron Technology, who aimed to support the launch by its DDR-II DRAM components.

Intel’s code-named Alviso core-logic will support dual-channel DDR-II SDRAM memory to improve performance tangibly compared to current mobile platforms. Moreover, the core-logic will enable PCI Express interconnections in notebooks, allowing installation of powerful mobile graphics add-in cards designed specifically for this bus. In order to complete the transition of the mobile technologies to the most-advanced level, Intel adds support for Serial ATA-150 to the upcoming ICH6-M and is bringing advanced Azalia audio to its “Sonoma” Mobile Internet PC 2004 Platform enabling Dolby-Digital 7.1 and high-quality audio on such kind of PCs. Additionally, expect the new platform to support NEWCARD, as well as new and even more effective power-saving (EBL’04) and security features, such as biometrics.

The Low-Voltage version of the new Pentium M processor with 2MB of cache and new core inside is set to show up in the first quarter at speed of 1.30GHz. In the second quarter the world’s largest CPU company will unleash 1.40GHz LV Pentium M processor made at 90nm node, while in the fourth quarter next year the Low-Voltage chips will also receive faster 533MHz PSB.

Intel’s Ultra Low-Voltage Pentium M processors with 2MB L2 are not generally projected to gain huge speed boost throughout the year and from initial 1.0GHz in Q1 will pass the 1.10GHz mark only in Q4.

As announced earlier, Intel starts to push its Celeron processors based on Banias design starting from early next year. Models clocked at 1.30GHz and 1.20GHz with default voltage, 512KB of L2 for 400MHz bus will be available in the first quarter, the 1.40GHz chip will come in the second quarter. In Q3 2004 the firm is very likely to produce the 1.40GHz and 1.50GHz Celeron models using 90nm fabrication process, though, both will still feature 512KB of level-2 on-die cache memory. In Q4 Intel will continue to increase the clock-speeds of its new Celeron chips.

The only ULV Celeron with 0.13 micron core will make its appearance at 800MHz in the first quarter next year. A quarter later, Intel will add 900MHz model already produced using thinner technology. The chip will achieve 1.0GHz or higher speed only in the last quarter 2004, the source indicated.

Pricing of all mentioned components is to be confirmed at a later date.

No Intel representative was asked for comments on the story.


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