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.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.