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150-MHz Mobile Pentium rolls out

Intel rolled out its fastest mobile Pentium processor, begetting new notebook introductions from some vendors and support from others.

As expected, Intel rolled out its fastest mobile Pentium processor today, begetting new notebook introductions from some vendors and support from others.

The 150-MHz Mobile Pentium will be used immediately by Toshiba and Texas Instruments in new models while companies such as IBM, NEC, and Hitachi indicated that they would bring out products down the line.

The 150-MHz Mobile Pentium "sets the stage for the 120- and 100-MHz Pentium processors to fill the entry level of Intel's mobile processor family in the second half of 1996," Intel said today.

The Toshiba Tecra 730CDT with the 150-MHz Mobile Pentium features a 1024-by-768-pixel resolution 12.1-inch active-matrix LCD screen, 2MB of video memory, and a 2GB hard disk drive. The Tecra also includes a 256KB pipeline burst SRAM level 2 cache, 16MB of Extended Data Out (EDO) RAM, a 6x CD-ROM drive, a 28.8-kbps voice-fax modem, and Zoom Video technology for 30-frames-per-second video.

The Tecra 730CDT will be available in early September with an estimated price of $6,099.

TI added a 150-MHz model to its new 6000 series of TravelMate notebooks. The 6050 model features a 1.35GB HDD, 16MB of EDO RAM, a 12.1-inch active-matrix screen, Zoom Video support, a 6x CD-ROM drive, and an integrated 28.8-kbps fax-modem.

The 6050 also supports a second 2GB hard drive in its modular bay. It is designed to run either Windows 95 or the new Windows NT 4.0 operating system.

To handle the heat of the 150-MHz processor, the 6050 incorporates a patented magnesium heat plate and copper expansion heat pipe technology, TI said. The notebook will be available in early September at an estimated street price of $5,499.

Sharp Electronics will also bring out a 150-MHz notebook in the fall. The PC-9090 model will have a 12.1-inch active-matrix LCD, an 8x CD-ROM drive, and 24MB of EDO RAM. Pricing for the PC-9090 notebook will be released later, Sharp said.

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