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  Jan 16, 2003, 07:30am EST 
By: Sander Sassen

Good morning! Hot on the heels of the launch of the Centrino brand name for their mobile products Intel just released their 2.4GHz Mobile Pentium 4 and that raises a question for me, who needs that kind of performance on the road? I use my notebook to type up articles when on the road, check email, encode movies to Windows Media Format using Adobe Premiere and play the oddball game, so I make do with a Pentium 3 Mobile running at a mere 1GHz. What kind of applications would require a Pentium 4 running at 2.4GHz?

Iím actually expecting much more from Banias, Intelís new mobile CPU and platform, which now also falls under the Centrino brand name. Banias promises extended battery life up to eight hours or so and Iíd take that over any multi-GHz Pentium 4 as I donít really need the performance but could really put extra hours of battery life to good use. To be honest I think battery life of most notebooks and mobile platforms is rather disappointing, sure, the brochure reads Ď3.5-hours battery lifeí but thatís usually with all power savings turned on and not a single application running, kinda hard to do work that way around.

Weíre looking forward to seeing the first Banias samples being evaluated and are hoping to see those eight hours of battery life become a reality, which, for me, would make it worthwhile to upgrade from my current notebook. As for the mobile Athlon, I think I have better hopes for the mobile Hammer as that will have plenty of features that really make it worthwhile. Iíve seen a number of notebooks based on the Athlon before and theyíre just as good, or bad, depending on your perspective, as the Mobile Pentium 4 in terms of battery life.

Sander Sassen.


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