Intel Corporation has introduced a host of new technologies, including faster Intel Core2 Duo processors, for its new-generation Intel Centrino processor technology used in notebook PCs for consumers and businesses. Some of the innovations are listed below:
· Faster processors and chipsets
· Great-looking video and graphics
· Stronger and faster wireless signals
· Better security and manageability
· Designed for energy efficiency to enable great battery life
· An option to turbo-speed boot time and software application loading
More than 230 Intel Centrino Duo and Intel Centrino Pro processor technology-based designs from PC manufacturers, resellers and integrators around the world are expected to take advantage of these and other features this year. Notebooks will come in a plethora of shapes and sizes, with designs ranging from fully loaded, 17-inch wide-screen models ideal for entertainment to tiny, energy-saving notebook PCs that weigh less than three pounds.
“When we introduced Intel Centrino four years ago, Intel changed the computing landscape with our mobile innovations,” said Mooly Eden, Intel vice president and general manager, Mobile Products Group. “Now, simply said, we have improved virtually all aspects of Intel-based notebooks, the most popular and fastest growing computing market segment in the world.”
At the heart of the new Intel Centrino Duo and Intel Centrino Pro processor technology-based notebooks is the next-generation of Intel’s highly acclaimed Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which delivers breakthrough mobile performance and responsiveness for demanding business users and consumers alike.
Users will experience improved performance when running multiple applications simultaneously such as downloading a video clip while doing a virus scan. Additional power management features will continue to enable users to have the great battery life they have come to expect with an Intel-based notebook PC.
In addition, the Mobile Intel 965 Express chipset family with Intel Clear Video Technology enables an enhanced high-definition video experience. Users can also share their content with family and friends via TV easier than before with Intel TV Wizard, which is a simplified way to connect to HD-enabled TVs. A new suite of drivers delivers robust and outstanding Windows Vista Premium experience featuring Windows Aero.
In order to download or upload digital content faster from the Internet, the available Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N provides 802.11AGN WLAN capability and allows users more freedom to do more, delivering up to five times the performance for such tasks as downloads and twice the wireless access range.
Intel Turbo Memory is an optional feature, unique to Intel technology, that can access frequently used software applications twice as fast and reduce the amount of time it takes to turn on, or boot-up, a laptop by as much as 20 per cent. In turn, these faster speeds save on power consumption and increase battery life.
Notebooks that mean business
With a new brand specifically for business users, Intel Centrino Pro processor technology will adopt the innovative and popular features found in desktop business PCs today with Intel vPro processor technology. IT departments will be able to reliably manage both desktops and notebooks and deal with what plagues them most, security threats, cost of ownership, resource allocation, and asset management, and do so wirelessly.
One of the key innovations designed in Intel Centrino Pro, Intel Active Management Technology, provides business-class notebook PCs with wireless PC management, protection and remote repair work thereby increasing productivity, IT savings and uptime.
“Intel's Centrino Pro processor technology now allows the inherent benefits of Intel vPro processor technology to be implemented in a mobile solution. Built-in features like remote management could potentially reduce infrastructure downtime and cost, in a form factor traditionally harder to keep tabs on due to the portable nature of notebooks," said Reuben Tan, Research Manager, Personal systems, IDC Asia/Pacific.