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jmke 24th February 2005 10:22

Intel Drives Centrino Components to Cars, Factories.
Intel Corporation announced that recently introduced mobile processors and a corresponding chipset are now available for embedded market segments such as communications infrastructure, industrial box and panel PCs and in-car infotainment. The announcement reveals certain parts of Intel’s strategy to enable non-PC devices with its chips

“Today’s announcement demonstrates Intel’s commitment to provide modular standards-based building blocks such as embedded processors to a wide variety of industries in addition to providing cost-effective and faster time to market solutions,” the world’s largest chipmaker said in a statement.

The introductions today include the Intel Pentium M processor 760, Intel Celeron M 370 and Intel Celeron M Ultra Low Voltage 373 as well as Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset. All the components were originally introduced to serve mobile applications, such as notebooks. The microprocessors mentioned have TDP of 27W, 21W and 5W respectively and are produced using 90nm process technology.

Intel believes the new components are capable of providing the company’s customers with ability to deliver end-products fast to the market.

Intel’s processors are used in a vast array of embedded designs that require high-performance, low-power consumption and extended lifecycle support, Intel said. The new processors are some of the highest-performing, lower-power processors for the embedded market segments and the chipset features improved integrated graphics. Developers designing with these embedded processors and corresponding chipset will find they are well suited for small form factor designs such as the new COM (computer-on-module) Express form factor specifications that deliver high performance and I/O density for embedded applications.

Siemens chose Intel’s Pentium M Processor 760 and corresponding chipset for its rugged industrial Simatic Box PC 627 and Panel PC 677.

E.E.P.D., which manufacturers single board computers, will be upgrading its Envader IV series targeted for in-car infotainment systems with the Intel Pentium M Processor 760 and Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset, providing in-car computing and Internet access for business and entertainment. E.E.P.D. currently uses Intel’s embedded processors in the Envader III series which provides in-car infotainment for BMW M. The move to the new processor and chipset will improve graphics and reduce cost by eliminating the need for a graphics card.

The Intel Pentium M processor 760 is priced at $415 at 10 000-unit quantities. The Mobile Intel 915GM Express chipset is priced at $41 in 25 000-unit quantities. The Intel Celeron M processor 370 is priced at $131 at 10 000-unit quantities. The Intel Celeron M processor ULV 373 is priced at $158 at 10 000-unit quantities. All these components are currently available for purchase. A development kit based on the new chipset will be available in early March.

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