A New Deal For Notebooks
On Wednesday, Intel rolled out two new families of laptop components--integrated bundles of processors and other core system modules--designed to boost battery life and performance.
Both feature the same basic ingredients--faster, longer-range 802.11n wireless networking, an extra cache of flash memory to speed bootup times and application performance, smarter power management and souped-up graphics processors that should provide better support for Windows Vista's Aero interface. Centrino Pro adds some security and system-management options.
Laptops integrating these components are now shipping from the usual suspects, such as HP, Dell and Lenovo. Expect Apple to follow suit before long.
Santa Rosa--er, Centrino Duo/Pro--is the latest in the series of laptop-technology chipsets from Intel that began with the first Centrino systems in 2003. (See my review from back then.) With these releases, Intel is trying to stamp itself in customers' minds as "what you want in a laptop"--elbowing aside competitor AMD along the way.
But these moves also point out how little some computer vendors can contribute to their products nowadays. What's the real use of a laptop built around Intel chips and circuits running a Microsoft operating system that you can't modify in any meaningful way? The trialware that comes with the desktop and the hold music on the help line?
(About that Santa Rosa nickname: Intel apparently has a thing for the California wine country, as earlier releases have been named for such other North Bay locales as Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino. Santa Rosa, for the uninitiated, is the county seat of Sonoma County and a fine place to visit in general, as I've found in many visits to my in-laws there.)
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