Dec 31st, 2004
Centrino. What the heck does that word mean anyway? It wasn?t really easy finding a straight answer, at least in what this layman would define as layman?s terms. Perhaps it?s just not really a layman?s question at all, despite the fact that most households in America are familiar with the term (because of all the advertisement Intel does). In training I?ve certainly had a lot of people ask me what Centrino means. Lets see if we can figure it out here.
If you dig around in the Intel? site, one of their pop up windows has this to say about this bit of computer lingo: ?Designed from the ground up for mobility, Intel? Centrino? mobile technology brings together key Intel? silicon components, all integrated and validated by Intel to work together.?
That?s actually a clear description compared to most of what I found.
Its my experience that most people think ?Centrino? is one of two things. Many guess it is a type of Italian sandwich. Others, more accurately believe that Centrino to be a type of computer processor ; as in Pentium vs. Centrino. The latter is correct. Mostly. It isn?t really that simple though (of course:).
The Pentium M (current commonly available type of Pentium) processor ?is a key component of Intel? Centrino? Mobile Technology?.
Combine the Pentium M processor with the ?The Intel PRO/Wireless Network Connection?
(imagine it sort of as an antennae for your wireless connection) and ?The Intel? 855 chipset family? (a group of Intel chips that work well together) and you have, in a nutshell, Intel? Centrino?.
These Centrino? components communicate well together and work together in a couple of special ways to save power while you are ?on the go? with your laptop. Intel might call the whole Centrino thing a highly integrated, power saving, wireless friendly mobile solution. Others might call it a way for Intel to expand their market share and make more parts for (and money from the selling of) the guts of your computer. Either way, hopefully you now know what Centrino means. At least in relation to computers.
By the way, if you really want a Centrino processor you can get the same type of component only with a different name. Same specifications, different manufacturer. You?d then have different internal components (made by other manufacturers) that did similar things to what the Centrino parts would. It can be confusing to figure out just how closely some of these Centrino alternatives compare speed an power consumption wise so if you go that way, be aware.
There you have it. Centrino from libraryman. If anybody has any clarification or changes to add to this, please do feel free.
Maybe now somebody can submit a nice Centrino sandwich recipe to make this post a little more interesting to those of you who already know this or just don?t care!
Completely unrelated song of the day: ?Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saved the World? by The Flaming Lips.