Here's a look at some of the things David (Dadi) Perlmutter, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Mobility Group, announced at the IDF in San Francisco:
Santa Rosa Refresh – In January 2008, Intel will launch “Santa Rosa Refresh,” an update to Intel Centrino processor technology that includes the next generation 45nm high-k mobile processor (codenamed Penryn) and improved graphics capabilities. With the Penryn mobile processor, Santa Rosa Refresh-based notebooks receive enhanced performance and battery life features. Graphics improvement for Santa Rosa Refresh focuses on unlocking advanced graphics technologies for an enhanced visual experience, especially with DirectX 10-based applications. Santa Rosa Refresh notebook PCs also contain the Mobile Intel 965 Express chipset family, Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, Intel 82566MM and 82566MC Gigabit Network Connection, and optional Intel Turbo memory.
Future Mobile Roadmap for Notebooks – Perlmutter showed the next generation Montevina processor technology Intel is targeting to deliver in mid-2008. Montevina includes the new 45nm high-k Intel Penryn mobile processor and the next-generation chipset with DDR3 memory support. This will be Intel’s first Centrino processor technology for notebooks to offer the option of integrated Wi-Fi and WiMAX wireless technologies for greater wireless broadband access. It will also feature integrated HD-DVD/Blu-ray support for consumers and next generation data manageability and security features for the enterprise. With approximately 40 percent smaller components, Montevina will be ideal for the wide spectrum of notebook designs from sub to full-sized notebooks.
Wi-Fi – 802.11n/Cisco – Announced on Sept. 4, Cisco and Intel are working together on interoperability testing of 802.11n draft 2.0, helping to ensure reliable performance and compatibility between Intel Centrino-based notebook PCs and Cisco wireless networks.
WiMAX for Notebooks in 2008 – Perlmutter highlighted both the quality of the WiMAX network as well as the significant ecosystem working on and supporting this wireless standard, including conformance and interoperability testing. He showed several mobile implementations, all illustrating the benefits of “true mobile connectivity” using Intel’s Echo Peak, the industry’s first integrated Wi-Fi / WiMAX module solution that will be offered as an option for notebooks based on next-generation Centrino processor technology (Montevina) in 2008.
Echo Peak incorporates advanced MIMO antenna technology for increased data throughput rates -- improving users' broadband experiences at home, work and "on the go." Integrating Wi-Fi and WiMAX into the platform not only frees up valuable laptop real estate for other uses, but also helps yield a highly cost-effective solution, enabling higher device attach rates and better economics.
A number of OEMs, including Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Panasonic and Toshiba have already expressed intent to embed WiMAX into next-generation Centrino processor technology-based notebook PCs in 2008.
Powerful Entertainment – As seen in Perlmutter’s keynote, Intel Centrino processor technology provides robust and high-definition entertainment. He demonstrated the multimedia capabilities of today’s Centrino-based platforms showing high-definition content streaming wirelessly. He also provided a glimpse of the entertainment power of the upcoming Penryn-based Intel Centrino systems with video rendering and encoding.