A double heart for the laptop

It’s in Las Vegas during CES (Consumer Electronics Show) unveiled Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology. The game keystone components Duo Mobile, formerly known as Napa codename, is the dual-core processor “Core Duo” Yonah or. This also includes the 945 chipset Mobile and Wi-Fi module Pro / Wireless 3945a / b / g. Duo Mobile will be central to the next generation of laptops, but also of the Viiv platform from Intel which aims to strengthen the central role of PC in multimedia. There is also a simple version heart of this new technology, called Core Solo. This architecture, less expensive, more would be designed for portable range and intermediate input PC.

Based on information collected in December 2005 with one of Intel officials, the Core Duo chip will offer a 68% gain in performance compared to current single processor Intel core (Sonoma) and reduce power consumption of 28%. Such a benefit would help to fill the considerable difference in performance between desktop and laptop computers.

Several sources originating from the major laptop manufacturers, however, said privately that the performance gain offered by Yonah would be more modest – in the order of 30% for an average user. Much lower than such an improvement nevertheless overshadow the improvements achieved over the last two years, with incremental increases of the clock rate of mobile processors.

Among the benefits that mobile dual core should offer include including improved gaming performance and simultaneous execution of several tasks (multitasking). A demo version of “Quake 4” performed by personnel Intel showed a mobile dual core was able to provide 50% more frames per second than a heart. But while “Quake 4” knows benefit of multiprogramming and is an exception, most applications today are not optimized to exploit the benefits of a dual-core processor.

According to the founder, the lowest power consumption of the Core Duo should provide better battery life: 5 hours with a standard battery and 10 hours with a high-end battery (with a greater number of elements). By comparison, with simple portable heart today, eLaptopComputer.com observed autonomies about 3 hours with a standard battery and 5 to 7 hours with a high-end battery. Intel also announced that the Core Duo platform would support the next version of Windows, code-named Vista.

Giving the possibility to design desktops or laptops smaller and quieter, the dual core architecture will also influence the design. Thus, according to Intel’s platform should be deployed in around 230 different laptops, during the first half of 2006. Among the new housing the Core Duo technology, we match both powerful multimedia models replacing desktop PC that thin and light models, which we’ll test. For example, the new Inspiron 9400 Dell (pictured cons) presents itself as a high-end multimedia model. It is home to choose an Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz processor (T2400) or 2.16 GHz (T2600). In fact, each of the CPU processing units benefit from such a clock rate. MSI is a machine of only 2 kg Intel-based Core Duo, which will be marketed first, the Megabook S262 W1. A builder makes a grand entrance: Apple. Indeed, the manufacturer of Mac swapped its IBM PowerPC to Intel Core Duo processors to its PC iMac show and its new MacBook Pro.

Intel is not alone in having ambitious plans for 2006. AMD is expected to announce in the first half, the dual core version of its Turion mobile processor. Moreover, when performance comparisons recently conducted by eLaptopComputer.com on desktop processors, Athlon 64X2 recall that AMD had performed better than the dual-core Intel. It is clear that the introduction of dual core processors is a major step in the design of notebooks and it will play in 2006 a dominant role in mobile computing.