Intel Names New Mobile Technology Centrino
Intel Corp. is naming its new family of mobile computing technology Centrino.
Included in the Centrino group will be the Santa Clara, Calif., companys next-generation mobile processor, code-named Banias, as well as related chip sets and 802.11 wireless networking technology.
The technology is expected to be rolled out in the first half of the year, Intel officials said in announcing the brand name on Tuesday.
According to a statement, the new nameand accompanying new logosuggests "flight, mobility and forward movement."
Intel has been touting Banias as a chip that will outperform current mobile Pentium 4 processors while consuming less power than other chips, including the ultralow-power Pentium III-M processors.
Intel is expected to talk about Centrino at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.
The company has yet to announce at what speed the new chip will be released, but industry representatives believe it will be at 1.4GHz and 1.6GHz, both of which are below the fastest mobile Pentium 4 at 2.2GHz.