Intel Debuts Long-Awaited Centrino

Intel calls the new product "the most exciting invention and development in mobile computing since the laptop."

HANNOVER, Germany—Intel Corp. Wednesday launched its long-awaited mobile technology, Centrino.

The technology, which includes a new mobile processor and related chip set, initially supports 802.11b network functions, and versions slated for launch later this year will support 802.11a and 802.11g.

Calling the new product "the most exciting invention and development in mobile computing since the laptop," Mark Splinter, executive vice president at Intel, said the technology will change the world of computing.

"We fundamentally believe that were at a tipping point in computing," Splinter said upon introducing Centrino at the CeBIT technology fair here.

Centrino was built to enable lower power usage and longer battery life in a smaller, lighter-weight computer. The power/performance improvements came about through several silicon innovations, enabling faster application processing.

Intel continues its extensive teaming with wireless operators and a variety of businesses, including hotels, restaurants, airports and bookstores to accelerate the deployment of hotspots.

"We helped wire the world, were going to help unwire the world," Splinter said, adding that wireless LAN hot spots must be easy to find. "What we want to do is make sure implementation of the hot spots works best with Centrino technology. Wherever you can think of being wirelessly connected, were going to get you wirelessly connected."

Centrino-based PCs are available today, starting at $1,399, Intel said.

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