News Burst: Intel launches new mobile chipset

Integrated chipset aims to lower cost of laptop computers

Chip giant Intel Monday announced a new chipset aimed at lowering the cost of laptop computers using its Pentium and Celeron processors.

The 815EM supports SpeedStep, Intel's power-saving technology, a new I/O controller hub, dual Ultra ATA/100 hard drive controllers, a LAN connect interface and support for digital surround sound. It is based on Intel's advanced Hub Architecture.

"This new mobile chipset provides richer, robust 2D and 3D graphics, providing for a more compelling mobile PC experience," an Intel spokesman said in a prepared statement.

Intel has suffered from persistent shortages of its top-of-the-line microprocessors and delays or cancellations of key chips. The company is, however, set to launch the new Pentium 4 processor which it promises will put things back on track.

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