Intel has promised improvements to connectivity, battery life, performance and a sleeker design with the introduction of notebooks based on its forthcoming Centrino mobile processor.
Anand Chandrasekher, general manager at Intel's mobile platforms group, said the Centrino mobile processor, which will launch next month, would improve both performance and battery life of notebook PCs substantially.
Chandrasekher added that Centrino would offer 316 minutes of battery life compared with215 minutes on a Pentium 3 mobile system and 174 minutes on a Pentium 4 mobile system.
During his keynote presentation at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, Chandrasekher demonstrated how a Centrino-powered notebook was able to complete a computationally intensive task quicker than Pentium 3 mobile systems using less power. Since the Centrino processor spent less time on the computation before returning to idle mode, it used less power than a Pentium 3 mobile processor.
Chandrasekher said Intel was also working on alternative power sources. During the conference he showed the first working prototype of a fuel cell which, within three years, could deliver upwards of 15 hours' battery life.
"We are well on the way to all-day battery life," he added
Chandrasekher also announced an agreement with firewall manufacturer Check Point for wireless mobile security within Centrino-powered notebooks. Through the agreement, Intel and Check Point said they would co-develop a secure wireless computing environment for Centrino-powered systems based on Check Point's VPN-1 SecureClient software