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Pentium III notebooks arrive

Dramatically faster notebook computers debut next Monday when Intel delivers its long-awaited Coppermine processor.

Sources say the first notebooks based on the enhanced Pentium III chip will come close to matching the performance of their current desktop counterparts, with processor speeds of 400, 450 and 500 Mhz.

Among the major manufacturers, Gateway will introduce the Solo 2550 notebook featuring a 450MHz Pentium III with a 100MHz system bus, up from the current 66MHz used in current notebooks, for under $2,000. NEC’s lightweight Versa FX notebook series will include a 400MHz Pentium III with DVD-ROM drive and long-life batteries for $2,499.

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