Intel Positions Tualatin
By Van Smith
Date: July 18, 2001
According to an Intel spokesman, the 0.13 micron copper version of the Pentium III will appear almost exclusively in the mobile market. "Our focus for Tualatin has always been in mobile," George Alfs stated. "Tualatin" is the development name for this new, low power version of the PIII.
Desktop appearances for Tualatin will be limited. The chip will power OEM systems "where small form factor or lower power are requirements," Alfs continued. Alfs left little doubt that Intel's focus for the desktop is the Pentium 4, while the chipmaker will continue targeting the Celeron for the value desktop. However, he left the door open to rumors of an early 0.13 micron version of the budget chip by stating, "obviously we can use different technologies behind the Celeron brand name so keep this in mind."
The mobile Tualatin will be launched later this year at an unspecified date, with systems available in the retail channel soon after launch. Production chips have been shipping in volume to OEMs since May, largely for mobile applications. Tualatin availability suggests that Intel is continuing to ramp up its 0.13 micron production process.
Much of this information supports conjecture presented in a related news article we published yesterday.