Intel to Premier Pentium M “Dothan” May 10 in San Francisco

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Intel has confirmed that at long last the Dothan Pentium M processor family will see the light of day, half a year late on delivery, the Intel marketing machine has long been revving its engines to market this new chip.  May 10 that marketing effort will take the shape of an unveiling at SBC Ball Park in San Francisco, California.  Intel will demo the new Pentium M in Centrino notebooks by using the wi-fi system installed in the stadium.

Intel will be introducing 10 new chips in all that range from a processor speed of 1.5GHz to 2.13HGz.  These model numbers (going from the 1.5GHz Pentium M 715 to the 2.13GHz Pentium M 770) are:  Pentium M 715, 725, 730, 735, 740, 745, 750, 755, 760 and 770.  A larger number indicates higher performance based on both Frequency (measured in GHz) or Front Side Bus (FSB) clock.  Intel will use the 90nm process technology to decrease the size of transistors on the chip, and due to this add more transistors while keeping the processor the same size.  It is because of the new manufacturing process associated with the smaller transistors that we’ve seen so many delays with the Dothan release.

The price of the new Intel Pentium 2GHz model (the 755) will come in at $637, but the chip must be bought in quantities of 1,000.  That’s over half a million dollars worth of processors you’ll have to buy to get ahold of the raw version of this chip off the bat, not a recommended purchase.  Instead, the way to get ahold of a new Dothan processor will be buying a new notebook model that manufacturers should be unveiling in early May in conjunction with the Dothan release.



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