Dual-Core Notebooks With Triple-P Promise

The first mainstream dual-core notebooks are now starting to appear in the channel and, by all accounts, they promise to push the envelope on performance, portability and power.

Intel officially launched its widely anticipated next-generation mobile platform, dubbed Core Duo Pro (formerly code-named Napa), at last month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new mobile platform boasts significant improvements in overall CPU performance, power management and mobility. Systems based on the new Centrino should realize a 68 percent improvement in throughput, while consuming 28 percent less power, resulting in an extra hour of battery life.

At least 230 different designs are planned, says Shmuel (Mooly) Eden, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group.

"I believe the ramp-up to dual-core will be very fast," Eden says. "The usage benefits and pricing strategy will enable that."

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Among the new offerings: