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Introducing 1.3 GHz Intel Banias

According to the last years traditions, all more or less important announces and demos of low-power processors take place at conferences and exhibitions in Japan. Maybe in some years we´ll think if economy is a national Japanese trait or it has been engrafted by processor makers. :-)

A day ago in Tokyo Intel held a press conference, at which it reported its closest mobile processor roadmap and demonstrated a PC, based on Banias prototype.

Leaving aside the discussion of thermal design principles of today PC and the concept of Intel´s Mobile PC, let´s pause on the most interesting: Banias-based PC demo. Shown system worked under Windows XP, the processor was marked "Banias A1 1300/600 #5", i.e. 1.3 GHz Banias, 1 stepping, low-power clock rate — 600 MHz.


After the launch of "MobileMark2002" the cooler was disabled and the processor changed to the low-power mode. I believe the photo below is the first showing Banias with markings and without a cooler:


P.S. Take a look at the new socket latchup system and four corner cooler racks. A rather unusual design...

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