Intel has unveiled the latest iteration of its Centrino mobile technology platform for notebook PCs, formerly codenamed Sonoma.
The mobile platform includes the latest Intel Pentium M processors, the Mobile Intel 915 Express chipset family (formerly codenamed Alviso), and the firm's Pro/Wireless 2915ABG or 2200BG wireless Lan components.
Features designed to help system manufacturers boost battery life include Display Power Saving Technology v2.0, support for lower-power DDR2 memory and enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology.
The platform also conforms to Intel's Stable Image IT programme that aims to provide a standardised hardware and driver configuration for at least a year.
Other features include Intel's Pro/Wireless 2915ABG integrated wireless chips that can provide enhanced security support for enterprises with 802.11i secure wireless Lans.
Optional Intel PROSet wireless software also enables support for the latest Cisco compatible extensions. Users can connect to all three of the most popular types of Wi-Fi networks, and Intel's PROSet v9.0 is designed to simplify connections to wireless Lans.
Intel said it will offer seven varieties of Pentium M processors ranging from the top of the line 770 series running at 2.13GHz to an ultra low voltage Pentium M that requires just five watts.
Sonoma also features optional Execute Disable Bit technology support, which is designed to offer improved protection against viruses or worms when teamed with a supporting operating system.
The chip giant claimed that laptops based on the Sonoma power-optimised and reduced-sized chipsets will offer consumer and business users improved graphics performance.
This speed boost comes from the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 core, a power-optimised 533MHz front-side bus, and support for dual-channel DDR2 memory.
Additionally, the latest Centrino technology supports the newly developed PCI Express graphics interface and can deliver up to four times the graphics bandwidth for high-end systems with discrete graphics.
When enabled by the system manufacturer, Sonoma also supports options including TV tuners, Intel High Definition Audio with Dolby Digital & 7.1 surround sound, personal video recorders and remote controls.
Intel expects more than 150 different notebook designs based on the Sonoma mobile technology to ship from OEMs this year.
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