Intel Centrino Duo Launch Report
Intel has an interesting launch on their latest Centrino Duo
mobile technology over at Hard Rock Cafe earlier this week and we are pleased to
hear from Gary Willihnganz, the Director of Marketing from Intel Technology Asia
sharing with us the direction of the new platform. “Intel is focused on creating
an innovative mobile computing platform that ushers in a new era of working,
playing and living,” he said. Gary also added that the Intel Centrino Duo
Mobile Technology platform creates a new leap in how people work and play,
taking advantage of a new generation of uses and experiences.
Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology platform formerly known as
“Napa” comprised of Intel Core Duo processor codenamed “Dual core Yonah”, mobile
Intel 945 Express chipset codenamed “Calistoga” as well as Intel PRO/Wireless
3945ABG codenamed “Golan”. When these three requirements are met, only then the
notebook manufacturer can proudly labeled their notebook as “Centrino Duo”.
Intel is still continuing on their current Centrino Mobile Technology made up of
Sonoma platform (Dothan + 915 Chipset + 2945ABG wireless) currently and at the
same time added the new “Napa” platform comprised on the Intel Core Solo
processor (single core Yonah), 945 chipsets as well as 3945ABG wireless. These
two platforms will brand itself as Centrino Mobile Technology.
Intel Dual Core Yonah is built on the 65nm process technology on
300mm wafer size so you can imagine the number of dies can be manufactured on a
single piece of wafer. It sports 2MB L2 cache with Intel Smart Cache technology
that allows two processor cores to share the same cache intelligently and also
the cores is able communicate with each other without going through the system
bus unlike the Pentium D and XE processors. The L2 cache has also the ability to
flush its data to the main memory and power itself down to save precious battery
power through the new Intel Enhanced Deeper Sleep state called Enhanced C4.
Yonah also received some multimedia boost through the support for SSE3
instructions where Intel called it Digital Media Boost. Yonah has a higher
system bus of 667MHz over the Dothan processor of 533MHz and coupled with the
support of DDR2-667 by the 945 Express chipset, we can expect better overall
system performance here.
There are several speed bins made available at launch :
|Family||Model||Clock Speed||FSB||L2 Cache||HT||EM64T||VT||Pricing|
|Core Duo||T2600||2.16GHz||667MHz||2MB||No||No||No||US$ 637|
|Core Solo||T1300||1.66GHz||667MHz||2MB||No||No||No||US$ 209|
It is interesting to note that the price difference between a
Core Solo T1300 and a Core Duo T2300 is less than US$ 35 so it makes more sense
to get a Core Duo instead. There will be a Core Duo T2700 clocked at 2.33GHz
coming out in second half of this year as well as a Ultra Low Voltage U2500.
Interestingly, there will be a whole refresh of the Core Duo and Core Solo
processors with the inclusion of Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) later this
year and they will be known as Core Duo with VT and Core Solo with VT. Not
forgetting, Intel plans to release Merom, a successor to Yonah by end of this
year sporting 4MB L2 cache, VT and EM64T.
There are also some interesting demonstrations by Lionel, the
technical manager of Intel to showcase the power of the Centrino Duo Mobile
Technology. Firstly, a demonstration on the multi-tasking capabilities of the
Core Duo where a 1080p high definition video is played along with background video
encoding concurrently. There is no visible lag on the high definition video at all and
certainly Core Duo keeps things running smoothly and speedy on both
applications. Secondly, a Quake 4 game is played on a Centrino Duo notebook from
Acer powered by Mobility Radeon X1600 and is patched up to version 1.05 with
option set to “r_usesmp 1″ which will fully utilized the true benefits of
Dual Core technology on the Centrino Duo Mobile Technology notebooks. Indeed,
the gaming experience was flawless with frame rate staying at 60fps constant.
Here’s a close up of a powerful Centrino Duo notebook from ASUS
called the A6J :
Powered by Core Duo T2500 processor, ASUS A6J sports ATi
Mobility Radeon X1600 and a 15.4″ widescreen display, a true multimedia and
gaming platform indeed. You can find more information about the rest of the
Centrino Duo notebooks from ASUS
review of this notebook will be up shortly.
The close notebook partners of Intel gathered for a photo shoot
and we can expect Centrino Duo notebooks to available in the market in the next