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Centrino chip makes wireless standard

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 technology—are 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.

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