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Intel introduces next-generation Centrino chipset and Pentium
January 6, 2005; 3:13 p.m.
The product: Intel introduced its next-generation Centrino platform, code-named Sonoma; a new Pentium M chipset code-named Alviso; and an upgraded Pentium M CPU at CES 2005. While the company wasn't keen to talk about actual processor core speeds for the new CPUs at press time, it was willing to divulge some of the other architecture improvements made with this new iteration.
The new Pentium M gets a frontside bus increase from 400MHz to 533MHz, along with support for dual-channel DDR2 memory and graphics support for the PCI Express bus architecture.
Intel has also seen fit to upgrade Centrino's integrated graphics by including the first DirectX 9.0 integrated graphics solution for notebooks, the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900.
The price: No price point has been released.
The prospects: Intel is showing no signs of cooling down its support for the Centrino platform, as the company continues to push the platform forward with constant updates and features that make positive effects on performance.
By Eric Franklin, assistant lab manager, CNET Reviews
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