Intel has expanded its Centrino line with a new, faster Pentium M processor. The extremely successful and heavily hyped Centrino package includes the Pentium mobile processor, and two chipsets - PC and WLAN.
The new Pentium M 765 processor runs at 2.1GHz and includes 2MB of Level 2 cache and support for a 400MHz front-side bus. Previously, the Pentium M 755 was the fastest processor in the line, running at 2GHz. Available worldwide, the 765 costs $637 per 1,000.
The new processor follows recent price cuts on Intel's mobile processors. This week, Intel cut the price of the Pentium 755 by 33.6 percent, from $637 to $423 (per 1,000). It also cut prices on five other Pentium M models, with the size of the cuts ranging from 13.3 percent to 30.5 percent.
The price of the 1.8GHz Pentium M 745 was reduced 30.5 percent, from $423 to $294; the 1.7GHz Pentium M 735 by 18 percent, from $294 to $241; the 1.6GHz Pentium M 725 by 13.2 percent, to $241 to $209. All three of these chips have 2MB of Level 2 cache.
At the same time, the 1.7GHz Pentium M with 1MB Level 2 cache was cut by 18.3 percent to $241 and the 1.6GHz version by 13.3 percent to $209.