Intel Penang to make Pentium M processor


BY DAVID TAN IN PENANG

INTEL Technology Sdn Bhd will undertake the assembly and testing of the Intel Pentium M processor, one of three essential components of the newly launched Intel Centrino mobile technology, in the 2nd half of this year. 

Site general manager Gurshel S. Grewal told a press briefing that the company's plant in Penang was currently assembling and testing the Intel 855 chipset family and the Intel PRO Wireless 2100. 

“In the 2nd half, the plant will also carry out the assembly and testing of the full range of key components for Intel Centrino mobile technology,” he said. 

Launched in March, the Intel Centrino mobile technology, which features extended battery life, thinner and lighter notebook designs, and outstanding mobile performance, is the company's most significant product since the introduction of the Intel Pentium processor more than a decade ago. 

According to Gurshel, Intel's plants in the Philippines and China also carried out assembly and testing for either one or two of the key components of Intel Centrino mobile technology. 

He said that the Penang plant was selected over the Intel operations in the US to design and develop the Mobile Input/Output Controller Hub 4 used in the Intel 855 chipset family owing to its proven track record.  

“Over the years, the operation in Penang has proven to have a team of quality logic, circuit and layout de-signers, design automation engineers, system validation engineers, micro-architects, as well as product development engineers,” he said. 

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