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Describing the new trends in mobile computing at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Corporation executives said that personalisation and content are key drivers behind increased demand for notebook PCs and mobile internet devices (MIDs).

The growth of notebook PCs continues and will outpace worldwide desktop PC sales by 2011, according to Mobility Group.

Intel continues to fuel this growth with Mobility Group’s tradition of providing high performance processors based on innovative silicon technology that delivers energy efficiency and good battery life. The results of this tradition can be seen next month with Santa Rosa, the next-generation Intel Centrino processor technology.

Due in May, Santa Rosa processor technology is comprised of a next-generation Intel Core2 Duo processor, the Mobile Intel 965 Express chipset family, Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Network Connection, Intel 82566MM and 82566MC Gigabit Network Connection, and optional Intel Turbo memory.

Mobility Group demonstrated how Intel Turbo Memory decreases resume time from notebook hibernation, thus increasing productivity and reducing system power consumption.

In the first half of 2008, Santa Rosa will be refreshed with Intel’s innovative 45nm Hi-k dual core mobile processor, codenamed Penryn. Later in 2008, according to Mobility Group Intel will deliver Montevina processor technology, also with Penryn, for good performance and energy efficiency.

With approximately 40 per cent smaller components, Montevina will be ideal for mini- and sub-notebooks, and will include integrated hardware decode for high-definition video.

Intel will make its integrated Wi-Fi/WiMAX solution available as an option with Montevina-based notebooks, enabling people to connect to Wi-Fi and WiMAX networks worldwide.

Mobile WiMAX provides multi-megabit speed, good throughput and wider range versus other wireless broadband technologies, which is crucial as consumers increasingly want to access user-generated content, high-definition videos, music, photos and other large data files while on the go.

Redefining mobility with innovation, integration

According to Ultra Mobility Group, described the evolution of the personal mobile Internet, outlined changes in Intel’s silicon roadmap that will create radical reductions in power requirements and innovative new packaging technology, and disclosed a range of leading industry players Intel is working with to establish the MID and ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) categories.

The Intel Ultra Mobile platform 2007 (formerly codenamed McCaslin) was introduced for MIDs and UMPCs and systems will be available over the summer from Aigo, Asus, Fujitsu, Haier, HTC and Samsung.

The Intel Ultra Mobile platform 2007 is based on the Intel processor A100 and A110, the Intel 945GU Express Chipset and the Intel ICH7U I/O Controller Hub.

Today’s environment is primed for a truly personal, mobile Internet experience and the Intel Ultra Mobile platform 2007 combines the flexibility of a PC with the mobility of a handheld device. But we will not stop here.

In 2008, Intel will deliver an entirely new platform based on Intel’s 45nm low-power microarchitecture designed from the ground up to let people to carry their personal mobile Internet in the palm of their hands.

Pulling in the schedule by half a year, Intel will deliver its next-generation platform for MIDs and UMPCs – codenamed Menlow – in the first half of 2008. Menlow-based prototype will be based on a new 45nm Hi-k low power microarchitecture-based processor, codenamed Silverthorne, and next-generation chipset, codenamed Poulsbo.

Formation of the Mobile Internet Device Innovation Alliance has been announced. Together, alliance members will work on engineering challenges, including power management, wireless communications, and software integration, that are associated with delivering the full Internet in ever-smaller MID form factors.

45nm High-k Metal Gate Transistors Technology Leadership

Intel’s next-generation processors for the ultra-mobile, mobile, desktop, workstation and server segments will be based on the company’s leading 45nm silicon process technology that uses its revolutionary high-k metal gate transistors, providing a breakthrough in energy efficient silicon technology.

During Technology Insight presentation, Intel has now the working versions of its Silverthorne processor based on its 45nm Hi-k low power microarchitecture for MIDs and UMPCs.

Silverthorne joins already working versions of its 45nm Hi-k Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and Intel Xeon family of processors. Intel has more than 15 different 45nm Hi-k product designs in various stages of development, and will have two 45nm manufacturing fabs in production by the end of the year, with four in production by the second half of 2008.

Intel’s long-standing research and technology pipeline has led to innovative advances in silicon technology that in turn allow the company to continuously deliver the cost and performance benefits of Moore’s Law. In 2003, Intel was the first to introduce strained silicon technology to increase the speed of its transistors on its 90nm process.

Intel is already working on technology for 32nm, 22nm and beyond. Intel is researching for future technology generations, including tri-gate transistors, Indium Antimonide quantum well transistors and carbon nanotube interconnects

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