Intel to debut Centrino Pro with $300m launch

By Derek Sooman on October 20, 2006, 5:24 AM
Chipmaker Intel is to spend a whopping $300m to promote Centrino Pro, their enterprise-oriented notebook platform. With a launch that will "piggyback" on Microsoft's launch of Vista, Centrino Pro will see the incorporation of Intel's business-centric vPro security and management technologies into its upcoming 'Santa Rosa' Centrino Duo platform.

Active Management Technology 2.5, Virtualisation Technology and Trusted Execution Technology are all likely to be incorporated into Centrino Pro, and Intel is touting the platform as the way for large enterprises to manage fleets of notebooks in a better way.

Recognized as the Santa Rosa platform, Centrino Pro technology will be built around the 64-bit dual-core Merom core, said the makers citing the chip giant's latest product roadmap. In the second quarter of 2007, Intel will launch its new Core 2 Duo (Merom) CPU lineup, which includes the T7300, T7500 and T7700 models, featuring Socket P connector, 800MHz FSB and 4MB L2 cache, as well as the T7100 with 2MB of L2 cache, the makers indicated.
This comes at a time where the global notebook market is set to expand. Over the last several years, the worldwide notebook market has been maintained at approximately 25 per cent, and next year the market scale will likely top the 100 million mark, increasing from 80-85 million notebooks this year.

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spydercanopus said:
Notebooks are stupid. I have one but never use it unless i'm traveling and its only to check my email. If you need to get stuff done, a powerful desktop is the only way to go.
Phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by spydercanopus:[/b][quote]Notebooks are stupid. [/quote]That's a very dismissive and slightly ignorant thing to say. Notebooks are not stupid at all - they are vital to the IT industry. I have had to do quite a bit of IT work that would be impossible without a notebook. You try having to plug a desktop computer with a network cable into a mainframe in a data center in a corridor less than 1 meter wide and tell me that notebooks are lame. Try bringing your desktop to a job interview to show a hiring manager some code you have written. Try taking your desktop with you when you go to stay at a hotel. If anything, I expect that the global market for notebooks will grow vastly within the next several years. Cheap wireless city-wide internet access at broadband speeds will likely increase the demand for notebooks, with prices dropping. In fact, you will likely see some suppliers of those services bundling a cheap notebook along with WiMAX and other such services. The work of Intel and other companies to produce notebooks that are small, light, thin and yet powerful is greatly appreciated. Its wonderful now that one can buy a notebook that is just as powerful as many desktop machines for a very reasonable price. Even now, you can buy a very good budget notebook for only a few hundred pounds.
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