But Atom isn't good enough to cope with the demands of regular laptops, which is where the Centrino 2 platform comes in. The platform incorporates a processor, a chipset, and a wireless networking device on one motherboard.
Core 2 Duo laptop
The new GM45 - Cantiga - chipset at the centre of Centrino 2 allows for a maximum frontside bus speed of 1,066MHz, up from 800MHz in the previous Centrino version.
Besides supporting Intel's new Penryn-class Core 2 Duo processors, Cantiga supports DDR3 RAM for the first time in laptops.
The Sony VAIO VGN-SR19VN is the first Centrino 2 laptop we've had sent in to us for an extended play. And we like it very much indeed.
It's a very impressive laptop. And while it doesn't quite reach the benchmarks that Intel claims is possible with the Centrino 2 platform, this laptop is a viable option for anyone wanting a next-gen notebook PC.
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