Mobile Pentium 4 on the horizon
According to some American reports, Intel will also present notebook processors based on the Pentium 4 at the beginning of next year. The current version of the Pentium 4, which goes by the code name Willamette, is completely unsuitable for use in the mobile segment due to the 0.18 µm production and the associated high power consumption. But already in the fourth quarter of this year Intel will take the step to 0.13 µm production with the desktop Pentium 4, code name Northwood.
Understandably, this also opens the door to the mobile sector. The Pentium 4 Mobile models, clocked at 1.5 GHz and 1.6 GHz, will begin at the end of the first quarter of 2001. In the second quarter, a 1.7GHz model should bring movement into the mobile market again. At this point, however, the question arises whether the notebook sector needs such fast processors on the one hand and whether the Northwood will really be so economical with the scarce power reserves on the other hand.
Intel itself will also be available in early 2002 introduce the 1.2GHz Pentium III Tualatin for the mobile sector, which has a lower power consumption compared to the mobile Pentium 4, and can offer more than sufficient performance for the notebook market. All in all, the Pentium 4 should get off to a similarly bad start in the notebook segment as in the desktop area.