Some details emerge on Banias, the new laptop processor that Intel plans to launch as one of the year's chip event of the year.
During the Microprocessor Forum it was learned that Banias, which on paper actually has the numbers to represent a point of reference in this field, will have 1 MB of second level cache, twice the size of Pentium 4. This endowment will allow the chip to overcome the speed in MHz lower than that of the desktop processor and to offer a higher performance with less consumption.
Banias will be presented with speeds between 1.3 and 1.6 GHz and will be destined to completely supplant the Pentium 4-M which, on the contrary, had to remain in service for a long time. According to some sources, the decision would be motivated by Banias' performance which, despite the nominal speed gap, appears fully capable of satisfying the demand for computing power even for higher-end laptops.
According to Intel, one of the advantages of Banias will be autonomy, to date the real Achilles heel of Intel laptops. A laptop with the new processor could go up to six hours of work thanks to some artifices such as reducing the speed of the cache, which will not have the same frequency in megahertz as the main unit.
Intel intends to accompany the launch of Banias also with that of a series of new chipsets that will include graphics acceleration functionality but above all the ability to offer WiFi connectivity. In Intel's projects, the next generation of portable PCs will have the possibility of connecting to the network wirelessly without adding additional cards.