Intel is expanding its Centrino branding today with the announcement of
Centrino Pro. Centrino Pro will take its place beside the existing Centrino
and Centrino Duo brands in Intel's mobile lineup.
Centrino Pro is analogous to Intel's vPro platform
on the desktop. Centrino Pro is based on the Santa Rosa platform and supports Core 2 Duo processors with Intel
Virtualization Technology (VT) running on an 800MHz front side bus. Intel's 965 Express
chipset (GM/PM) is paired with the ICH8M-Enhanced southbridge, which also
features Intel Active Management Technology 2.5 (AMT).
AMT works by storing vital software and hardware information
in non-volatile flash memory. IT administrators can then access vital system
information or "heal" systems that have been taken out of commission
due to an OS failure -- remote management is possible even when a system is
powered off. AMT also incorporates System Defense, which actively blocks
incoming threats while also quarantining infecting machines before they are
allowed to infect others on the network.
Wired networking duties are handled by Intel's 82566N GbE
controller which supports AMT; wireless networking is handled by the Intel Wireless WiFi
Link 4965AGN. The 4965AGN was announced in late January
and can provide data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Intel also managed to double the
operating range of its 802.11n solution over existing 802.11g solutions while
also increasing battery life due to enhanced sleep states.
"Intel Centrino Pro processor technology brings the
best of our offering with Intel vPro processor technology and adds it right
into our highly successful Intel Centrino brand for laptops," said Mooly
Eden, Intel's vice president of Intel Mobile Products Group. "This is an
ideal time for this product as we continue to see notebook penetration rates
increasing in business."
Intel will launch its Centrino Pro brand during Q2'07.
In Q2'08, Intel will launch the next iteration of Centrino
Pro based on the Montevina platform. It will support Penryn
processors with Intel VT-x/VT-d and Intel Trusted Execution Technology.
Intel's Cantiga GM/PM chipset will
feature Intel Turbo Memory 2.0 and an ICH9M-Enhanced southbridge supporting AMT
4.0. Networking duties will be handled by the Boaz GbE adapter, Echo Peak WiFi/WiMAX
combo adapter or the Shirley Peak
802.11a/g/n WiFi adapter.