Intel launches Intel Centrino 2
at Sentosa Cova, Singapore Bluetooth 16 Jul 2008
New Intel-Based Laptops Advance All Facets of
New Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology Brings 'HD-to-Go'; Adds Security and
Manageability Features, Boosts Speed, Battery Life and Wireless Range
July 15, 2008 – Intel Corporation unveiled its Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor
Technology products for laptops today, powered by five new Intel® Core™2 Duo
processors. Close to 250 innovative consumer and business notebook PC designs
are on the way, including those equipped with the right combination of powerful
processors, graphics and battery life to enjoy viewing stunning high definition
videos and myriad other computer and Internet activities.
Intel also introduced the world's highest-performing dual-core mobile processor,
the Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor running at a brisk 3.06 GHz, as measured by
SPECint*_rate_base2006, an industry benchmark (www.spec.org)**.
Rounding out a mobile-focused summer for the company, Intel said it also plans
to unveil eight processors within 90 days that will include first-ever mobile
quad-core products and second-generation products for ultra-thin and light
notebooks. In total, Intel will bring 14 diverse new processors into the
marketplace as laptop sales continue to outpace desktop PCs.
Formerly codenamed Montevina, Intel Centrino 2 processor technology and Intel®
Centrino® 2 with vPro™ Technology improve upon every facet of a laptop's main
features, including performance and battery life via new processors and
chipsets, faster draft 802.11n wireless (with WiMAX arriving later this year),
and new business-class manageability capabilities.
"When we first introduced Intel Centrino back in 2003, there were very few Wi-Fi
hotspots, YouTube videos and social media didn't really exist, ‘thin and light'
only referred to weight goals and desktop PCs outsold notebooks by a very wide
margin," said Mooly Eden, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of
the company's Mobile Platforms Group. "Today, notebooks outsell desktops in the
U.S, and we're paving the way to HD entertainment, rich online gaming, faster
broadband wireless speeds and an easier and more secure way for businesses to
manage, update and repair their notebook fleets."
Intel is introducing five dual core processors based on Intel's reinvented
transistors (high-k metal gate formula) and advanced 45-nanometer manufacturing
process. These processors come with a faster 1066MHz front side bus and up to
6MB of L2 cache, and three versions reduce laptop processor wattage about 30
percent, down to just 25 watts. Also featured is Deep Power Down Technology that
turns off processing components such as core clocks and cache memory when the
laptop is idle for greater energy savings.
Intel also unveiled its Mobile Intel® 45 Express Chipset and wireless Intel®
Wi-Fi Link 5000 series that is shipping to customers now, with laptops arriving
later in July and August. Delivering five times the speed and twice the range of
older 802.11a/g technology, the Intel Wi-Fi Link 5000 series provides 802.11
draft-N support that delivers the fastest data rates possible today -- up to 450
Switchable graphics, a new optional power-saving feature available on Intel Centrino 2-based notebooks, provides both integrated and discrete graphics on a
single notebook, enabling users to easily switch between the two options.
Switchable graphics delivers greater 3-D performance when needed while providing
the option for greater power savings for the best of both worlds.
For consumers, Intel Centrino 2 processor technology delivers the horsepower and
battery life to enjoy a typical full-length, Blu-ray* high-definition video on a
single battery charge for the first time, plus the ability to play a variety of
online games, download music or post videos faster than before.
For businesses, Intel Centrino 2 with vPro technology offers enhanced
manageability and security options. This is increasingly important as companies
replace desktops with notebooks and need to remotely diagnose, update and repair
systems over a wireless network. Improved manageability with AMT 4.0 has also
been added that provides wireless manageability during system sleep states,
ongoing remote configuration capabilities, support for next-generation
management standards (WS-MAN and DASH 1.0) and the ability for an employee to
initiate communications to IT from outside a company's firewall.