"This [upgrade] gives a performance boost to Intel's architecture, with a faster bus interface and chip set for graphics," said In-Stat senior analyst Kevin Krewell. "This technology makes the performance of a notebook comparable to a desktop in terms of features and graphics."
In addition faster overall performance and graphics, the platform will improve responsiveness and support for security options, according to Intel. New graphics options include the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 graphics core and a PCI Express graphics interface. The platform also includes a power-optimized 533-MHz front-side bus and support for dual-channel DDR2 memory.
"Intel is continuing an evolutionary development of its product line," said Tony Massimini, chief of technology at Semico Research Corp. "This line has been expected, so it is not a surprise. Intel is keeping pace with its milestones; this is an incremental improvement, and Intel is keeping pace with its development objectives."