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latest Centrino chipset -- the Centrino Pro, formerly code-named Santa Rosa -- officially debuts today in a number of laptops. The consumer version is called Centrino Duo.
Both chipsets feature the Core 2 Duo chips, the DirectX 10-compatible Mobile 965 Express chipset, Intel Turbo flash-based memory built in for caching data, and, on the wireless side, support for the draft of 802.11n (via the Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n chip).
One of the more interesting things for IT managers in the new Centrino is the vPro laptop management system for tracking hardware and software inventory. Its integrated in Centrino Pro -- but not all the laptop makers are embracing Centrino because of it.
Acer Americas Aspire 5920 combines the Centrino Pro with Acers Gemstone industrial design. They call the laptop a solution for all your entertainment demands, as it has a 15.4-inch extra-bright widescreen display, Dolby surround sound, HD-DVD drive and HDMI port, and the option for a TV tuner.
Asus has the W7S ultraportable, which weights four pounds but features a 13.3-inch WXGA LCD screen and full-size keyboard. The G1S is a full-size laptop with 15.4-inch screen, upgradeable to a 17-inch LCD.
Fujitsu calls its LifeBook E8410 notebook with 15.4-inch widescreen display the flagship of its corporate desktop replacement portfolio. It, along with the 4.3-pound LifeBook T4220 convertible Tablet PC, the security-enhanced LifeBook E8310 corporate notebook and the LifeBook A6030 mainstream notebook with 15.4-inch extra bright display, will all run Centrino Pro.
features a high-definition 15.4-inch display to go with its Blu-ray DVD drive/burner and HDMI connector in the VAIO FZ Premium Edition (the standard FZ comes cheaper, sans Blu-Ray). Other VAIOs with new Centrino include the SZ and AR series.
Toshiba has two business models, the Tecra M9 and smaller A9, both with Centrino Pro, out now. They have shock-absorbing designs, hard drive protection against drops, and a spill-resistant keyboard. The company plans some consumer models later this year. Theyll include the Qosmio G45, and the Satellite P205 and A205.
new 14-inch E-265M is almost identical to the 15.4-inch model, the E-475M (except for screen size, natch). Both are for businesses and are big on the security extras, like a privacy filter so people to the side cant see the screen.
Lenovo says its latest are the strongest, coolest, quietest and best performing ThinkPad-branded notebooks ever, some of that due to a Top Cover Roll Cage to improve durability. The T61 and R61 both feature wide-screen 14.1-inch displays, meant for businesses since they have Centrino Pro.The Lenovo 3000 N200 15.4-inch widescreen is a Centrino Duo for the mid-range user. All come with Lenovos Ultra Connect II design, which is supposed to reduce interference from the laptop itself (like LCD noise) and boost signals for Wi-Fi and 3G connections.
Latitude series adds three new systems this week -- but none of them are Centrino Pro. They do have the Core 2 Duo processors, but Dell is not committing to using the full Pro set because of the vPro Active Management Technology (AMT). Dell is sticking, for now at least, with the DASH management system developed by the Desktop Management Task Force standards body, which supports both Intel and AMD processors. Not supporting Pro doesnt mean they wont have embedded 11n, as evidenced by their HyperConnect feature. Integrated mobile modems supporting HSDPA (from Cingular/AT&T and Vodaphone) and EV-DO (from Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel) will also be options in some models. A Dell Latitude D630c using the full Centrino Pro technology is expected in the Fall.
, on the other hand, is working with Intel. The HP Change and Configuration Center will use an Out of Band Management Console to manage vPro-equipped laptops over their wireless connections, according to an article at eWeek. HP also has as many as seven new notebooks under its Compaq brand using the new Centrino, including two ultra-lights (under 3.6 pounds), three mid-sized notebooks, and a couple of high-performance units.