Optimized Apps

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2002-10-28 Print this article Print

Optimized Apps

All told, Banias should run faster and use less power than the PIII. In addition, Banias architecture may give developers the ability to optimize applications for the new mobile architecture. While such optimization probably will not be implemented on general-purpose notebooks, it may give new devices, such as the Tablet PC, better battery life.

If these were the only things that Intel were doing with Banias, there would be no compelling reason to opt for the processor over the PIII-M or Transmeta Corp.s Crusoe.

Realizing this, Intel has decided to up the ante by building into Banias 802.11a and 802.11b wireless support. The wireless chip set, code-named Calexico, will be supplemented with integrated Ethernet support and additional security enhancements, possibly including Secure Sockets Layer acceleration and the ability to handle certificates and tokens.

eWeek Labs Director John Taschek can be reached at john_taschek@ziffdavis.com.

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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