Giant Leaps for Laptops

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Some trends in personal computers never go away. They get faster. They look more and more like hard candy. And they get lighter and thinner. Two announcements this week should go a long way toward advancing that last trend. One is from the chip giant we know and love, Intel. The other is from Transmeta Silicon Valley's most secretive and mysterious startup.

Intel's announcement, scheduled for this morning, focuses on what it calls its SpeedStep technology. (The project was originally code-named Geyserville, for reasons best known to Intel.) The company will unveil two new Pentium III processors designed for laptops, rated at 600 and 650 MHz, respectively faster than all but the fastest desktop machines. MORE >>