Hot on the heels of its increased earnings announcement, Intel has unveiled new laptops powered by five new Intel Core2 Duo processors, and will result on about 250 new consumer and business notebook PCs.
Intel also introduced the world's highest-performing dual-core mobile processor, the Intel® CoreT2 Extreme processor running at a brisk 3,06GHz, as measured by SPECint_rate_base2006.
Rounding out what's turned into a mobile-focused season for the company, Intel 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 WiFi 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," says Mooly Eden, Intel corporate vice-president and GM of the company's Mobile Platforms Group.
"Today, notebooks outsell desktops in the US, 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."
Intel is introducing five dual core processors based on Intel's reinvented transistors (high-k metal gate formula) and advanced 45-nanometer manufacturing process. These processors come with a faster 1066MHz front side bus and up to 6MB of L2 cache, and three versions reduce laptop processor wattage about 30 percent, down to just 25 watts.
Also featured is Deep Power Down Technology that turns off processing components such as core clocks and cache memory when the laptop is idle for greater energy savings.
Intel also unveiled its Mobile Intel 45 Express Chipset and wireless Intel WiFi Link 5000 series that is shipping to customers now, with laptops arriving later in July and August. Delivering five times the speed and twice the range of older 802.11a/g technology, the Intel WiFi Link 5000 series provides 802.11 draft-N support that delivers the fastest data rates possible today – up to 450Mbps.