Intel will likely usher in the New Year with the release of Yonah
(a dual-core notebook chip based on a new design) and Viiv
(format for computer nerve centres for home entertainment, which are designed to store music, record TV shows, and so forth.) The company promised that Yonah would mean far better performance when running multiple applications.
"You will be able to do a Skype voice call while playing video games," Keith Kresslin, director of mobile platforms marketing at Intel said.
If you are planning on buying yourself a new laptop soon, it might be best to hang back, as Laptops and small PCs featuring Yonah are also scheduled to come out at the same time as the chip. As for Viiv, Intel envisions the PC as having a place in the living room in the not too distant future.
The company also plans to test the Viiv PC extensively for compatibility with other devices, such as handhelds and LCD TVs, and with services for downloading content. These products and services will carry a label that shows they work with Viiv, similar to the wireless hot-spot compatibility campaign Intel conducts with Centrino notebooks.
"There is no unifying platform that puts these things together," said Eric Kim, the chief marketing officer at Intel. "It (Viiv) will play a role in the living room."