Intel speeds up Pentium M

Enhancing its Centrino package of chips, Intel released three new versions of its Pentium M processor and announced plans to update its wireless chips with a new security standard, it said Monday in a press release.

The Pentium M now comes in a 1.7GHz version, a 1.2GHz low-voltage version, and a 1.0GHz ultra-low-voltage version. When combined with Intel's 855 GM chipset and the Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 chip, the packages are each priced at US$725, $372, and $350, respectively in 1,000-unit quantities. Intel also sells the Pentium M processor separately to PC makers who elect to use other wireless silicon, and the new Pentium M chips cost US$637, $284, and $262, respectively.

Motion Computing Inc.'s new M1300 Tablet PC will be available with the ultra-low-voltage 1.0GHz Pentium M processor and the rest of the Centrino package, the company said Monday. The M1300 was released in May.

Intel also said it would release software later in June that supports the new WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) security standard recently approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance. WPA provides an extra layer of security above the default WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) standard.

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