Intel ‘Dothan’ Notebooks Begin Shipping

Available in speeds up to 2 GHz, the new Dothan processors were supposed to have been shipped last year. In January, however, Intel ran into a manufacturing glitch with the new chips, and company executives said they wouldn’t ship until the second quarter.

Intel will launch the new chips in San Francisco this morning, and reduced prices on its other offerings over the weekend.

Dothan will use Intel’s latest 90-nm process, a shrink of the 130-nm technology used to manufacture the “Banias” processor that made up the first generation of the Pentium M. On the other hand, Intel filled out the Dothan with a larger 2-Mbyte Level-2 cache, which means that the die size of the Banias and Dothan will be about the same.

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