Intel introduces ‘Centrino Pro’ brand for business notebooks

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

Santa Clara (CA) – Intel this morning announced the “Centrino Pro” brand for its professional business platform of notebook components. Centrino Pro extends the vPro label into the mobile space and will be used starting with higher-end business notebooks based on the upcoming Santa Rosa platform.

vPro has been in use since the third quarter of last year for Intel’s “professional business desktop platform.” The platform currently uses 965-series chipsets and Core 2 Duo processors that enable customers to take advantage of Intel’s virtualization and active management feature sets.

On the notebook, vPro will arrive with the introduction of the Santa Rosa platform, which, according to sources, will debut in May of this year. The base hardware requirements are said to include a second-generation, FSB800 Core 2 Duo T7000-series processor, mobile GM965 or PM965 chipsets (previously code-named “Crestline”), the 82566M Gigabit Ethernet adapter, Intel’s Wi-Fi pre-N interface as well as AMT 2.5 firmware and a VT/AMT-supporting BIOS foundation.     

According to Intel, the Centrino Pro label will appear on its “forthcoming high-performance laptop offering” and allow IT managers “to manage and protect their notebooks over Wi-Fi.” The base configuration of a Centrino Pro can be extended with several options, including the flash-cache technology “Robson”, recently renamed to “Turbo Memory”, as well as the WWAN link 1965HSD.

Sources told TG Daily that Intel will also update the vPro platform on the desktop with the arrival of its “Bearlake” chipsets. Scheduled for an official Q3 launch, the new vPro will introduce Intel’s TPM-based security technology LaGrande , which will be named TXT (“Trusted Execution Technology”). TXT promises to provide better protection from malicious software attacks, protect critical data, communications as well as transactions.