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Security Enhancements For Intel® Centrino™ Mobile

Intel Delivers Performance And Security Enhancements For Intel® Centrino™ Mobile Technology

Key Milestones Show Strong Industry Acceptance

Intel Corporation today disclosed new performance enhancements, support for more robust wireless security standards and a number of key market acceptance milestones for Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology-based systems.

Intel Centrino mobile technology performance has been enhanced with the availability of a new processor operating at 1.70 GHz, a low-voltage 1.20 GHz processor and the ultra-low-voltage part running at 1.0GHz. Later this month, Intel will also provide updated networking software that delivers additional support for security features designed to protect information transmitted while connecting to networks using wireless technology.

When introduced in March there were 34 systems enabled with Intel Centrino mobile technology. Today, PC makers worldwide are shipping 58 different models, and Intel expects more than 125 designs to be available for sale by the end of the year. Systems range in style from tablet PCs to thin-and-light designs with large screens to ultra-mobile systems that weigh less than three pounds. In some cases these mobile systems can achieve greater than five hours of battery life on a single charge. Importantly, Intel has now verified the compatibility of Intel Centrino mobile technology with more than 14,000 hotspots worldwide, exceeding its end-of-year goal of 10,000.

“From PC makers to service providers to airports, hotels and retail locations, we are seeing strong acceptance for Intel Centrino mobile technology,” said Phillip Dows, marketing manager, Intel Australia & New Zealand. “Consumers and business professionals alike are enjoying the benefits of being able to unwire and unplug, along with the world-class performance and unique designs made possible by Intel Centrino mobile technology.”

Security Enhancements On Tap Later this month Intel will make available updated networking software that provides additional support for Intel Centrino mobile technology security features. This software update for the Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 network connection (Intel PRO Network Connection software V7.1), provides support for the latest enhancements to wireless LAN security such as Wi-Fi Protected Access* (WPA). The networking software has been Wi-Fi CERTIFIED* for WPA by the Wi-Fi Alliance and validated by Intel to provide greater compatibility for notebook users. Additionally, the software release provided for Cisco* Compatible Extensions (such as LEAP and CKIP) on notebooks should be certified by PC makers through the Cisco Compatible program. These enhancements improve the authentication and encryption of wireless LAN connections.

Product Specifications and Pricing Intel Centrino mobile technology is Intel’s best technology for mobile PCs and is optimised for thin-and-light, mini and sub notebooks and tablet PCs. The pricing includes the Intel® 855 Chipset Family, the Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection and the Intel® Pentium® M processor, at speeds of 1.70 GHz, the Low Voltage at 1.20 GHz and the Ultra Low at 1.0 GHz. In 1,000 units, they are priced at $US694, $US341 and $US319 respectively. These prices represent the cost of the three components (processor, chipset and wireless capability) that together make up Intel Centrino mobile technology. Intel also sells each device separately.

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.

*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. Intel, Intel Centrino, Pentium, and SpeedStep technology are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

For more information on Intel’s mobile performance, visit: www.intel.com/performance

Note: Important Information: Wireless connectivity and some features may require you to purchase or download additional software, services or external hardware. Availability of public wireless LAN access points limited. System performance measured by MobileMark* 2002. System performance, battery life, wireless performance and functionality will vary depending on your specific hardware and software configurations. See http://www.intel.com/products/centrino/more_info for more information.

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