Intel is making a resolution to convince consumers that Centrino notebooks will be the thing to have in 2004. Dothan, a faster, higher-performance version of the Pentium M chip, and a dual-band Wi-Fi module offering 802.11g, are both expected to be available in Centrino notebooks during the first quarter of 2004.

These laptops should be thin, light, wireless-friendly and have long battery life, but Intel may have trouble selling consumers on them. Notebooks with more powerful processors cost the same or less, and buyers are used to thinking bigger and faster mean better.

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