Centrino is a technology package from Intel that provides built-in wireless support for laptop computers while making it possible to run a laptop all day (up to seven hours) without a battery recharge. Through Centrino, Intel hopes to encourage corporations and users to replace their current laptops with a newer, more mobile version. Analysts suggest that a more mobile laptop may in time replace the desktop computer as well.

The Centrino package consists of:

In addition to a 400 MHz system bus and a 1 MB L2 cache, the M processor has the ability to use only the voltage that applications demand. The 855 Chipset supports up to 2 GB of double data rate (DDR) memory and USB 2.0 for faster data transfer. The PR/Wireless connection supports Wi-Fi (802.11b) and power functions designed to maximize battery life.

One industry commentator reports an experience of up to seven hours of battery-supported use on an IBM Thinkpad.

This was last updated in September 2005

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