Intel has unveiled its new Intel Centrino 2 Processor Technology products for laptops today and five new processors – three of which run at just 25 Watts – plus all-new chipset and wireless products. Also announced, an Extreme Edition version, the world’s "highest performing dual-core mobile processor." Intel will also introduce eight more ultra-low voltage and the company’s first-ever quad-cores for laptops within 90 days:
SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, 2008 – Intel Corporation unveiled its Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology products for laptops today, powered by five new Intel® Core™2 Duo processors. Close to 250 innovative consumer and business notebook PC designs are on the way, including those equipped with the right combination of powerful processors, graphics and battery life to enjoy viewing stunning high definition videos and myriad other computer and Internet activities.
Intel also introduced the world’s highest-performing dual-core mobile processor, the Intel Core2 Extreme processor running at a brisk 3.06 GHz, as measured by SPECint_rate_base2006, an industry benchmark (www.spec.org).
Rounding out a mobile-focused summer for the company, Intel said it also plans to unveil eight processors within 90 days that will include first-ever mobile quad-core products and second-generation products for ultra-thin and light notebooks. In total, Intel will bring 14 diverse new processors into the marketplace as laptop sales continue to outpace desktop PCs.
Formerly codenamed Montevina, Intel Centrino 2 processor technology and Intel® Centrino 2 with vPro Technology improve upon every facet of a laptop’s main features, including performance and battery life via new processors and chipsets, faster draft 802.11n wireless (with WiMAX arriving later this year), and new business-class manageability capabilities.
"When we first introduced Intel Centrino back in 2003, there were very few Wi-Fi hotspots, YouTube videos and social media didn’t really exist, ‘thin and light’ only referred to weight goals and desktop PCs outsold notebooks by a very wide margin," said Mooly Eden, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the company’s Mobile Platforms Group. "Today, notebooks outsell desktops in the U.S, and we’re paving the way to HD entertainment, rich online gaming, faster broadband wireless speeds and an easier and more secure way for businesses to manage, update and repair their notebook fleets."