Intel India spearheads work on Centrino mobile platform

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 17 May 2007, 07:00 Hrs
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Bangalore: Intel India Development Centre (IIDC) of the world's largest chipmaker, Intel Inc, has played a major role in the development of the Centrino mobile platform, contributing about 70-80 percent in designing, developing, testing and validating the new processor.

Sandeep Shah, Intel India mobility group director, while speaking at a preview of the fourth-generation processor code-named as Santa Rosa said, ?Of the 3,000-odd total tech workforce at the IIDC, about one-third of it work for the mobility group.?

?The mobility group of the IIDC was involved in the development of the Centrino mobile platform. Our development centers in Israel and the U.S. chipped in to fabricate the chipsets for OEMs and ODMs," Shah added.

The next-generation Centrino processor incorporates a robust central processing unit (CPU) with Intel core 2 duo processor, graphics memory controller hub (code-named Crestline), I/O controller hub (ICH8), 802.11n wireless technology, turbo memory and an active management technology for security and manageability.

Several teams across the Intel India Development Center?s Mobility Group have made key contributions to this industry-leading mobile platform. The India Mobile Platforms Group worked on the following platform development areas:

Intel Turbo Memory software validation: The entire Intel Turbo Memory validation was performed by the India team. With Turbo memory, consumers have up to 20 percent faster boot time and 2X faster application load. The team also created some of the software utilities and tools that help in enabling certain features of the processor.

Customer reference board design and battery life analysis: The team at Bangalore also worked on the customer reference board design. It also developed the Customer Reference Board (CRB) and was responsible for its deployment. The activities under this effort included design, validation, distribution and customer support for the board. Their work also resulted in an increase in the battery life with the use of the new platform.

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