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Intel talks about Napa, the upcoming notebook platform with Yonah

Posted on Wednesday, August 24 2005 @ 03:04:42 CEST by

More details about the upcoming Napa notebook technology were disclosed at the IDF on Tuesday. Napa will include Intel's dual-core Yonah processor as well as the Mobile Intel 945 Express chipset which is codenamed "Calistoga". The wireless internet part will be provided by the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection and the company expects the Napa platform will be available in the first quarter of 2006.

The Yonah processor will feature a single-die dual-core implementation as well as technologies called Intel Digital Media Boost, Intel Advanced Thermal Manager, Intel Dynamic Power Coordination and Intel Smart Cache. Intel also talked about Enhanced Intel Deeper Sleep, which is a new idle C-state that enables the processor to lower its voltage below the Deeper Sleep state minimum voltage while the processor is inactive. The feature is accomplished by a dynamic flush/evacuation of the L2 cache, says Intel.
>br> The Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection will include 802.11e Quality of Service (QoS) support, to enable delivery of real-time such as VoIP over a wireless link. More details about this part can be found at The Inquirer.

The Calistoga mobile chipset will feature Intel's Graphic Media Accelerator 950 and the Intermediate Z in Classic Mode. The Media Accelerator is built to improve 3D graphics playback, while the Intermediate Z takes care of removing unnecessary polygons in games and 3D applications to boost performance.
Another accelerating feature for the Calistoga is VLD/iDCT 4x pixel rate motion compensation, which is acceleration for multi-streaming MPEG-2 high definition video which will allow for simultaneous playback and record and picture in picture, supposedly enabling a "rich high-definition entertainment on-the-go experience."
Of course Napa will also debut new power saving features such as the 667MHz Power Optimized System Bus which would increase transfer rates by up to 25 percent while the Rapid Memory Power Management also promises to aid. Check out the full detailed article at The Inquirer



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