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Intel previews dual-core Centrino processor

Enhanced entertainment functionality promised

Intel has announced that it is working on releasing Napa, its latest Centrino mobile platform, early next year. The platform will have Yonah, Intel’s first dual-core Centrino mobile processor.

Wesley Deklotz, Intel regional manager for mobile platform marketing in Asia Pacific, said that Yonah will be manufactured using the 65nm process and integrate better power management features and enhanced performance for multiple intense and multithreaded applications.

Napa will also be integrated with Calistoga, the company’s new integrated graphics chipset designed with enhanced display and media features for better playback performance, and will integrate ICH7-M, a new mobile I/O controller hub, up to five PCI express ports, and enhanced power management features for power savings.

Meanwhile, for its wireless feature, Napa will use Golan, Intel’s next-generation wireless technology with a mini-card form factor for smaller designs. It will use the latest industry security standards.

Deklotz said that with Napa, people will be able to use their notebook PCs not just for work but also to watch TV, play music and movies, load graphics-intensive games, and load and edit photos. He also said gaming, especially massive multi-player online gaming, will benefit greatly from using Intel’s latest mobile platform.


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