Intel recently unveiled its
Centrino mobile processor in India. With Centrino wireless
capability is integrated into mobile PCs.
The technology combines the
Intel Pentium-M processor, the Intel 855 Chipset family
and the Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection.
The Centrino processor is based
on the mobile optimized microarchitecture that delivers
higher performance and lower power consumption to enable
longer battery life. It also includes 400 MHz power
optimized system bus, 1MB low-power L2 cache. Intel
in collaboration with Cisco will support Cisco LEAP
(an authentication algorithm) and it will also be software
upgradeable to Cisco Compatible Extensions.
In addition to the wireless
technology Intel has also packed in other features like
sleeker notebook designs and better mobile performance.
Intel is also working with
IBM, Acer, HCL (Toshiba), Wipro and Samsung to provide
the Centrino mobile technology on their mobile PCs.
To enable users to make use
of the technology 'hotspots'locations where users
connect using 802.11 wireless technologyare being
created. As part of the introduction of the Centrino
mobile technology, Intel is working with wireless network
service providers, hotels, airports, retail and restaurant
chains to accelerate deployment and increase awareness
of wireless public hotspots. It has created a standardized
worldwide Wireless Identifier Program that includes
signs to help users identify where they can connect
wirelessly. The program will inform the user if the
particular service provider's network is compatible
with Intel Centrino mobile technology.
Centrino based notebooks are
available from leading computer makers. The system pricing
starts at US $ 1,399.