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Intel Launches Santa Rosa Laptop Platform

More than 230 notebooks, equipped with Intel's new Centrino Pro processor, are coming from OEMs.

NETANYA, Israel — Intel Corp. executives said its Centrino Pro processor, formerly codenamed Santa Rosa, would provide improved notebook PC performance when combined with new and faster Intel Core2 Duo processors.

Some parts of the Santa Rosa processor were developed at Intel's three development centers in Israel—at Jerusalem, Haifa and Petach Tikva —which also developed the original Centrino processor.

According to Roni Friedman, manager of the processor development team in Intel's research center in Haifa, the Centrino Pro features "improvements" in performance, power, communications, security and form factor.

Friedman and other executives said that the Centrino Pro processor would help mobile workers interact through IEEE 802.11n wireless local area networks along with backwards compatibility to 802.11a/b/g networks. The upgrade wireless technology delivers data rates up to 300 Mbits/s. Intel claimed the technology is "up to five times faster and up to twice the range of the previous-generation wireless technology."

According to Friedman, the Mobile Intel 965 Express chip set, also developed in Israel, supports high-definition video and a feature called Turbo memory, which allows access to "frequently used software applications twice as fast and reduce the amount of time it takes to turn on, or boot-up a laptop by 20 percent."

Intel is expected to announce Wednesday (May 9) more than 230 design wins for the Centrino Duo and Centrino Pro processors in notebooks varying from 17-inch, wide-screen models to tiny notebook PCs that weigh less than 3 pounds.

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