January 20, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Intel K.K., Intel Corp.'s Japan
subsidiary, announced the release Jan. 13 of two new Pentium
microprocessors intended to power notebook personal computers:
266MHz and 166MHz versions of its Pentium MMX chips.
Only four manufacturers have announced plans to incorporate the
microprocessors in new notebook PCs for release in the domestic
market. The four are Akia Corp., Dell Computer Corp., Gateway
2000 Japan Inc. and Hitachi Ltd.
Those manufacturers will install 266MHz microprocessors in new
notebook PCs that will become the top-range models in each of
their product lines.
However, apart from the higher processing speed of 266MHz, no
additional features will be included to enhance the functions or
performance of the products.
The least expensive new PC models, from Dell, will retail for
394,800 yen (US$3,060), and the most expensive, from Hitachi,
will be priced at 788,000 yen (US$6,110).
No manufacturer has announced plans to employ the 166MHz version
of the new processor in a notebook PC.
In recent years, when Intel has announced the launch of a new
microprocessor, major PC makers tend to act in unison by
announcing releases of new models featuring the latest chips.
For example, in September 1997, when Intel launched new 233MHz
and 200MHz versions of the Pentium, 13 PC makers said that they
would market new PCs using those chips, and all on the same day.
However, this time around, many companies have decided to delay
making any new product announcements for marketing reasons. For
instance, Fujitsu Ltd., which has not yet revealed plans to use
the new chips, is not sure how PCs with the new microprocessors
would fit into its line.
(Hi-Tech News Center)