Intel sees a mainstream mobile future

Dual core laptop not a niche product

Intel has shown off its new Centrino Duo mobile technology for laptops.

The new platform shows improvement in performance, up by more than 60%, as well as better battery life, says Intel.

The mobile technology should enable users to listen to music, play games, watch films and view high definition television more easily on their laptops.

For businesses, the advantages of the new technology are better multitasking performance and collaboration capabilities, including support for VoIP, and more security features, says Intel.

The platform includes PRO/wireless 3945ABG — Intel’s next generation wireless network.

“This is not a niche product,” says Daniel Anderson, head of marketing at Intel Australia and New Zealand. “The technology will become mainstream quickly.”

In Q3 2005, PC sales in New Zealand reached record levels, increasing 20% compared to the same time the year before, according to IDC New Zealand. The amount of shipped consumer notebooks outnumbered shipped consumer desktops for the first time during Q3 last year. Thanks to significant notebook sales, Acer climbed to second position in the portable market in Q2, and managed to keep its position in Q3.

Acer has recently launched two new notebooks, one in the TravelMate-series and one in the Aspire-series, both using the dual core chipset.

“We are pleased that Intel’s mobile technology will be available to a lot of people, rather than just be in reach of the elite, because at the moment, we are strong in the consumer space,” says Rod Bassi, country manager at Acer Computer New Zealand. “But we are growing stronger in the education and corporate space as well.”

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