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Intel Targets Three Processors For Embedded Market

Intel Corp. unveiled three new embedded processors Wednesday, just weeks after rolling out the non-embedded versions of the same processors.

The three new embedded products, introduced at Computex Taipei 2004 in Taiwan, include the Pentium M 745, the Celeron M for telecommunications and the PXA270 for embedded. The company said the M 745 will be targeted at point-of-sale terminals and industrial computing, while the Celeron M will be aimed at wireless and wireline infrastructure. The PXA270 will serve in graphics-rich applications such as personal media players and navigation devices.

The product introduction follows the rollout of families of Pentium M and PXA27x processors on May 10 and April 12, respectively. The Pentium M was aimed at wireless applications in notebook and laptop PCs, while the PXA27x was targeted at cellphones and PDAs.

The three new processors are targeted at more deeply embedded applications, which have traditionally lagged seven or eight months behind their desktop, server or mobile counterparts.

Industry analysts said the processors' quick transformation to the embedded world is partially an acknowledgement of the importance of the embedded market by chip makers such as Intel, and partially a matter of pragmatism.

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