Intel shows off Centrino 2 technology

Intel has unveiled the Centrino 2 mobile platform for laptop PCs, powered by five new Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Formerly code-named Montevina, Intel Centrino 2 processor technology and Intel Centrino 2 with vPro Technology will boost every facet of a laptop's main features, including performance, battery life and faster draft 802.11n wireless connections, Intel representatives said. The Centrino 2 platform also will allow for more powerful video and graphic capabilities, to keep up with the explosive growth in online video and high-definition TV.

In addition to providing enhanced high-definition graphic capabilities, the Centrino 2 technology will feature hardware accelerators for Blu-ray video and will give users the ability to view most high-definition movies on a single battery charge.

The Centrino 2 platform also features 'hurry-up-and-get-idle' technology, which enables a new 2.8-GHz processor to consume 60 percent less electricity on a task versus a 2.33-GHz processor and finish the task 30 seconds faster, Intel representatives said.

Intel also introduced the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor, which runs at a 3.06 GHz; later this year, Intel will also offer a WiMax/Wi-Fi product called Echo Peak.

A new chipset offering integrated graphics, the Mobile Intel GM45, is coming in early August. A new chipset with discrete graphics, the Mobile Intel PM45, is available now. The new Centrinos will have the capability to let users switch between the two chipsets.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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