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Intel adds cheaper variety to new mobile line

Intel is introducing a less expensive line of mobile chips to be used in budget-oriented notebook and tablet PCs.
/ Source: Reuters

Intel Corp., which dominates the market for computer processors, on Monday said it had introduced a less expensive line of mobile chips to be used in budget-oriented notebook and tablet PCs.

The line of processors, dubbed Celeron M, are based on the same circuit design as Intel's flagship mobile chip, the Pentium M, the company said.

Celeron M chips, however, lack some of the Pentium M's features and will initially cost around 35 percent less than Pentium M, chips running at the same speed, Intel said.

Hewlett-Packard Co. and tablet PC maker Motion Computing are already selling products based on the Celeron M on their Web sites.

Intel made a massive push into portable computing last year with the launch of its Centrino brand, which combines power-efficient processors with wireless communications capability. Intel backed the brand with a $300 million marketing budget.

In the current quarter, Intel is scheduled to introduce a more powerful Pentium M processor and a more advanced chip for communication with high-speed, wireless networks.