Intel releases newer, SLOWER mobile chip


Gus

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Intel releases newer, SLOWER mobile chip

From the AP:

Intel to Release New Laptop Chipset


Jan 10, 5:17 AM (ET)


LAS VEGAS (AP) - In a break with its tradition of making ever faster computer processors, Intel Corp. (INTC)'s newest chip, dubbed Centrino, will be slower than current processors, while giving future laptops longer battery life and built-in wireless networking capabilities.

Speaking at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Intel chief executive Craig Barrett said the Centrino microprocessor, chip set and networking technology would be released in the first half of the year.

Barrett said Intel will announce by March which laptop makers will build the Centrino technology into their machines. Intel developed the technology under the code name Banias.

Intel said the Centrino components are based on a new microprocessor architecture aimed at mobile computing, designed to enable computer makers to build thinner, lighter machines that use less power and thus don't require frequent battery charges.

The first Centrino components will use the 802.11b wireless, or WiFi standard. By the end of the second quarter, Intel will release a version that uses the faster 802.11a standard, Barrett said.


Funny isn't it? We get a new Powerbook with all of the bells and wistles at our show, and the PC weenies get a slower laptop chip just to eek out some more battery juice, and then they pick 802.11a.

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Gus
 

Over Achiever

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Well, 802.11a isn't a bad choice...its running on a different frequency.

As for Centrino formally known as Banias...this chip was built from the ground up specifically for laptops...its power management is similar to the Transmata Crusoe chips and has varible bus timing, etc.

This is why the chip is slower...its not a derivative of a fast desktop chip.
 

Chaszmyr

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Think Steve knew Intel had this 802.11a technology waiting to be released when he was bashing it at the keynote? :p
 

Gus

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did my thread get hijacked?

It's no big deal, really, but I started this thread earlier today, and now it shows it being started by somebody else, and their post is ahead of mine. Wierd.

Regards,
Gus
 

jefhatfield

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it will be interesting to see what happens with intel's banias

right now, battery time is the weakest link in the pc mobile computing field

my ibook, which got 4 hours battery time out of the box new still gets over 2 hours... 37 months later!

...my pc laptop, bought the same week as the ibook in december '99, had 1 1/2 hours out of the box new and died a year later...for the past two years, i have used the pc laptop on ac power and i find it a waste of money to shell out 150 bucks for a new battery which will only give me 90 minutes of free operating time away from an outlet
 

G4scott

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Re: did my thread get hijacked?

Originally posted by Gus
It's no big deal, really, but I started this thread earlier today, and now it shows it being started by somebody else, and their post is ahead of mine. Wierd.

Regards,
Gus
arn probably joined them...


As for this new chip, it may be able to last something like 6 or 7 or even more hours on a laptop with a 12" screen and the new 17" PowerBook battery... Finally, though, someone realizes that speed isn't everything...
 

Catfish_Man

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Heh...

...I take it you guys haven't realized that this chip is a lot more G4 like than the Pentium 4. It has a lower clock frequency, it may not be actually be slower. Don't fall for the MHz Myth ;)
 

FelixDerKater

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Battery life on PC laptops is generally horrible. The Pentium 4-Mobile consumed enough power, but many makers have put actual Pentium 4's in their notebooks.

2 hours on the PC side is generally what you can expect, so something had to be done. Companies, such as Compaq (now part of HP) are even offering a second battery for free.
 

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Originally posted by FelixDerKater
Battery life on PC laptops is generally horrible. The Pentium 4-Mobile consumed enough power, but many makers have put actual Pentium 4's in their notebooks.

2 hours on the PC side is generally what you can expect, so something had to be done. Companies, such as Compaq (now part of HP) are even offering a second battery for free.
imagine carrying around a generally heavier compaq, plus an extra battery!

the 4.6 lb 12" inch powerbook seems pretty amazing and it may be a long time before the pc side can match that weight/battery life ratio
 

yosoyjay

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Originally posted by Chaszmyr
Think Steve knew Intel had this 802.11a technology waiting to be released when he was bashing it at the keynote? :p
I'm sure he knew. I've know about it for at least three months. And everyone I talk to about it seems to say the same thing: That sucks.
 

yosoyjay

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Originally posted by FelixDerKater
Battery life on PC laptops is generally horrible. The Pentium 4-Mobile consumed enough power, but many makers have put actual Pentium 4's in their notebooks.

2 hours on the PC side is generally what you can expect, so something had to be done. Companies, such as Compaq (now part of HP) are even offering a second battery for free.
It varies greatly. Have you seen the Toshiba PC laptop that can last up to 12 hours? Then there are PC like you said, probably with desktop chips, that will last 2 hours out of the box. In general I think this is a good development no matter who manufactures it. Less power consumption, faster, built in 802.11b. I just don't understand why they would choose 802.11a and not integrate bluetooth. The competition in general is good.