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Raft of notebooks accompanies new Intel chips

Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others are rolling out notebooks to accompany new Pentium III and Celeron chips from Intel.

Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others are rolling out notebooks this month to accompany new Pentium III and Celeron chips from Intel.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker released a 700-MHz Pentium III and a 550-MHz Celeron for notebooks this week. The 700-MHz is the third processor from Intel to contain "SpeedStep" technology. Under SpeedStep, the processor runs at a lower speed while on batteries to conserve energy.

HP has adopted the chips in its new Omnibook 6000 line of notebooks. Ranging in price from $4199 to $1999, the 6000 line, which will be targeted at business users, comes with a stylized "titanium blue" cover made of magnesium. The new notebooks measure 1.2 inches thick and weigh 5 pounds with a 14.1-inch screen or 5.2 pounds with a 15.1-inch display.

IBM, among others, is expected to announce new notebooks over the next few weeks, said sources. Like HP, the emphasis of many of the new notebooks will be on weight.

Although Intel is in the midst of a processor shortage, the notebook market won't likely be affected as much as the desktop market. Intel executives last week said that they would give some priority in allocating manufacturing capacity to notebook processors.

Notebook chips, of course, typically sell for more than their desktop counterparts and provide manufacturers with larger profits. The 700-MHz Pentium III, for instance, sells for $562 in volume quantities, while the 550-MHz Celeron goes for $170. Portables also typically carry higher profit margins than desktops.

Last week, rival Advanced Micro Devices released its K6-2+ and K6-3+ notebook chips.