Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Sonoma chips launched for Centrino platform

Today is the official launch date of the new Centrino platform, code named Sonoma. Over 150 notebook models are expected to run under the new platform, which provides higher processing and graphics speeds while judiciously attempting to conserve power.

"The Centrino platform, first launched in March 2003, is aimed at notebook computers and consists of three major pieces: the processor, its companion chip set, and a wireless board. The new Centrino platform includes improved versions of all three components with a new chip set, called 915 Express, forming its centerpiece."

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"The 915 Express chip set, formerly known by the code-name Alviso, adds support for the PCI Express interconnect technology, which allows users to add more powerful graphics cards or hard drives to their notebooks. The chip set supports DDR2 (double data rate 2) memory, a next-generation memory standard that clears the way for memory chips to run at faster speeds. The chip set also comes with support for a faster front-side bus, increasing the speed at which data flows between the processor and the memory from 400MHz to 533MHz. Multimedia improvements include support for Dolby Digital and Dolby 7.1-channel surround sound."

This new platform is primed to continue the expanding notebook and Tablet PC market. One of the most common concerns I hear regarding low power mobile PC's is that they continue to have underperforming processors. Sonoma looks poised to help eradicate that claim with a faster front side bus as well as new Pentium M CPU's rated at up to 2.13Ghz.

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