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By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2003-03-12 Print this article Print

: Centrino Makes Splash in N.Y."> According to Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and general manager of Intels Mobile Platforms Group, the Centrino package gives users up to a 20 percent performance boost and 80 percent more battery life than the Pentium 4-M. It provides a 60 percent performance boost and 30 percent more battery life than Pentium III-M. The new chips also enable notebook users to change from WLAN to WAN connectivity without having to change the devices configuration. It also supports 802.11b and Bluetooth without conflict, Chandrasekher said.
In the second half of the year, Intel will start shipping Pentium-M chips built on the .09-micron process (the current Centrino chips are built via the .13-micron process), which will mean even smaller form factors and greater battery life.
Intel also is pushing the proliferation of Wi-Fi "hotspots" around the world to enable users of Centrino-equipped devices to have more options for connecting wirelessly, Chandrasekher said. Currently there are 3,000 to 4,000 global hotspots verified to work with Centrino-equipped devices, he said. By the end of the year, Intel expects that to grow into the tens of thousands. Intel is spending $150 million to help startups bring Wi-Fi products to market and working with companies around the world to develop and market Wi-Fi hotspots. Intels not alone. Other chip makers are also pushing deeper into the mobile market. Advanced Micro Devices Inc., on Wednesday announced 12 new chips for both the full-sized notebook space as well as the growing thin-and-light notebook market. Meanwhile, Transmeta Corp. earlier this week released more details on its upcoming Astro chip, which will be released in the third quarter of this year and also is aimed at the thin-and-light space.
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