HP to use Intel's new 1GHz mobile processor

Intel Corp. is set to launch its first 1GHz processor for notebook PCs on Monday, a source close to the company said.

In addition to the 1GHz mobile Pentium III processor, the chip maker will also launch a 900MHz Pentium III for notebooks, and a mobile Celeron at 750MHz, the source said.

Intel's fastest processors for notebooks to date are an 850MHz Pentium III and a 700MHz Celeron.

Hewlett-Packard will be among the first to make use of the new chips, using them in two of three new notebooks that HP plans to release Monday.

The HP Pavilion N6395 will feature the 1GHz processor, a 30 G-byte hard drive and a 15-inch display, and will be available in retail shops from Monday. The notebook, aimed primarily at consumers, will retail for US$3,199, the source said.

For business users, the HP Omnibook 6000 will be available in models featuring all three of the new processors. The systems also feature 128M bytes of RAM, expandable to 512M bytes, and a hard drive of up to 30G-bytes, with the possibility of adding a 20G-byte second hard drive. The Omnibook with the 1GHz processor will be priced at $4,199, the source said.

HP will also expand its Pavilion 5000 line with the N5295, which will feature Intel's existing 850MHz mobile Pentium III processor, 256M bytes of RAM, a 20G-byte hard drive, a combination DVD (digital versatile disc) and CD-RW (CD rewriteable) drive, and a 15-inch display. The N5295 will be priced at $2,699, the source said.

HP is also set to announce Monday that it plans to add wireless LAN (local area network) capabilities to both its Omnibook 500 and Omnibook 6000 product lines in the third quarter of this year, the source added.

HP, based in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at +1-650-857-1501 or on the Web at http://www.hp.com/. Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-987-8080 or http://www.intel.com/.

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