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Intel Updates Centrino

Techstination feature for Thursday, May 17, 2007

Intel updates Centrino. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Centrino is a group of chips that work with Intel's Core 2 Duo processor….designed to give notebook computers better graphics, longer battery life…and wireless connections to networks. The latest version….says…Intel VP Don MacDonald….takes the technology to a new level….

"From performance overall, this generation of Centrino is up to two times faster than the notebooks that we launched even just two and a half years ago. So performance obviously means things like battery life, it includes things like graphics capability, it includes obviously raw CPU performance. They're dual core processors, they're the best processors in the world and they're designed to give you a better experience whether you are using it for work, education or indeed gaming."

The new version of Centrino, called Santa Rosa, includes an updated version of wireless networking..draft N. While it is backward compatible…it will give a boost to consumers and businesses that have invested in draft N routers….

"The technical benefits of 802.11N that you care about are that it has 5X the bandwidth and it has 2X the range. So if you used to have corners of your house that couldn't receive the original version of WiFi, commonly known as 802.11B, then you've got twice as much range with 802.11N and the Centrino platforms."

Intel is aiming to give notebook computers the same performance as desktop machines. MacDonald says machines with the new version of Centrino should sell for about the same price as previous models. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.