Intel Corporation introduced Intel® Centrino(TM)
mobile technology, integrating wireless capability into a new
generation of mobile PCs that will bring business users and consumers
greater freedom to connect in new places and in new ways.
Representing Intel's best technology for mobile
PCs, Intel Centrino mobile technology includes a new mobile processor,
related chipsets and 802.11 wireless network functions that have been
optimized, tested and validated to work together. In addition to
wireless communications, Intel Centrino mobile technology includes
features designed to enable extended battery life, thinner and lighter
notebook designs, and outstanding mobile performance.
"Unwiring the PC will fundamentally change the
way people use computers, allowing them to communicate, be productive
or be entertained wherever and whenever they want," said Craig
Barrett, Intel chief executive officer. "Our focus on integrating
all the elements of mobility allows Intel Centrino mobile technology
to deliver an outstanding wireless computing experience and marks the
first time we've put a combination of technologies under a single
brand. This breakthrough innovation, together with industry-wide
investment and WiFi hotspot deployments, brings computing and
communications capabilities to businesses and consumers, adding new
value to mobile PCs."
Intel Centrino mobile technology-based notebook PCs
are available immediately from leading computer makers worldwide.
System pricing will start as low as US$1,399, comparable to today's
mainstream notebooks. Computer shoppers can identify these notebooks
by a Centrino brand logo featuring a striking magenta color and the
Intel Inside(r) mark.
ACCELERATING "HOTSPOT" DEPLOYMENT
Hotspots — locations where users can connect
using 802.11 wireless technology — are on the rise which is enabling
users to be more mobile than ever. According to industry analyst firm
IDC, there will be more than 118,000 hotspots worldwide by 2005.**
Using a truly mobile notebook computer can change
the way people live. With notebooks based on Intel Centrino mobile
technology, a business traveller can check office email or read the
hometown newspaper online while waiting for a flight at the airport,
and still have battery life left to watch a DVD movie on the plane
ride home. A real estate agent can check the latest listings
wirelessly while dining with prospective home-buyers. A financial
planner can check the market and activate client orders while at a
seminar without compromising on the performance necessary to run the
most demanding office applications. Students can register for next
semester's classes or seek a part-time job from the college library,
all on a sleek, light-weight system that won't drag them down.
As part of the introduction of Intel Centrino
mobile technology, Intel has been working with leading wireless
network service providers, hotels, airports, retail and restaurant
chains worldwide to accelerate deployment and increase awareness of
wireless public hotspots. In addition to marketing and promotional
activities, Intel developed the Wireless Verification Program which
includes engineering and testing of Intel Centrino mobile technology
with various access point devices, software combinations, hotspot
locations and wireless service providers to verify they are all
compatible, further enhancing the end user's wireless experience.
Intel's efforts worldwide have already resulted in thousands of
verified hotspots. The company expects to verify more than 10,000 by
the end of the year.
Intel has also created a standardized worldwide
Wireless Identifier Program that includes signs to help users identify
where they can connect wirelessly. The program informs users that a
particular service provider's network has been verified with Intel
Centrino mobile technology.
In addition, the company last year created a $150
million fund to invest in companies that are helping to expand and
accelerate the infrastructure and capabilities required to make
wireless computing ubiquitous.
THE TECHNOLOGY INSIDE
The technology represented by the Intel Centrino
mobile technology brand combines the Intel Pentium® M processor, the
Intel® 855 Chipset Family and the Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 Network
Connection. All components were optimized, validated and tested to
work together with mobility in mind.
The processor is based on a new mobile optimized
microarchitecture that delivers higher performance and lower power
consumption, to enable longer battery life over today's mainstream
systems. Key features include: Micro-Ops Fusion which combines two
micro-operations into one, enabling it to execute faster and at lower
power, Advanced Branch Prediction — a new implementation technique
— to help to reduce overall latency in the system contributing to
higher performance at lower power and the Dedicated Stack Manager,
which reduces the overall number of micro-operations required to
generate higher performance at lower power.
The processor is manufactured using Intel's
industry-leading 0.13-micron process technology and consists of 77
million transistors. It also includes a 400 MHz power optimized system
bus, a 1 MB low-power L2 cache (which turns off parts of the
high-speed memory when it's not needed), and technology to reduce
overall platform power consumption. It also provides support for
Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep® technology with multiple voltage and
frequency operating points, and Streaming SIMD Extensions II.
The Intel 855 chipset family includes two new
chipsets developed exclusively for the mobile market segment, the
855PM supporting discrete graphics and 855GM with integrated Intel®
Extreme Graphics 2 technology. The new chipsets also support Enhanced
Intel SpeedStep technology, Deeper Sleep Alert State and an internal
timer that automatically turns off the chipset clock when the chipset
is inactive. The 855GM chipset also includes a low-power graphics
power management mode. Both chipsets include a 400MHz processor system
bus and support for up to 2GB of DDR 266 memory, along with support
for USB 2.0 and Intel's I/O Hub Architecture.
The Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection has
been designed and validated to connect easily to 802.11b WiFi
certified access points. It also supports advanced wireless LAN
security including 802.1x, WEP and VPN technologies, and will be
software upgradeable to support WPA. In addition, through strategic
collaboration with Cisco Systems, Intel Centrino mobile technology
will support Cisco* LEAP and will be software upgradeable to Cisco*
The Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 network connection has
also been verified with leading VPN (virtual private network)
suppliers. The wireless card is also available with Intel® PROSet
Software, which offers many ease-of-use and low power features. It
also supports an Intel developed technology that reduces interference
with 802.11 signals and certain Bluetooth(TM) devices.