Low-voltage Pentium III targets communications devices

Intel added a 933MHz Low Voltage Pentium III processor designed for communications equipment to its lineup Monday, and began selling a motherboard for the processor, it said in a release.

Products such as telecommunications servers and wireless base stations will make use of the new chip, Intel said. These devices are often set up in racks or clusters, which makes it important to minimize the amount of heat produced by each individual device.

The new processor consumes 12.2 watts, as compared to 68.4 watts for Intel's most powerful chip, the 2.8GHz Pentium 4 processor for desktops.

Manufacturers and enterprising users who prefer to purchase an entire motherboard, as opposed to building the board themselves, will be able to try out the Intel NetStructure ZT 5524 System Master Processor Board. It comes in either single or dual processor versions, and features dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The processor costs US$273 in 1,000-unit quantities, and the ZT 5524 is priced at $2,695. Both are available immediately.

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