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Intel Unveils Next Mobile Platform

Intel's next-generation mobile platform will use flash memory to speed up system boots and application launch in notebooks.

Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobility Group, said Intel's next platform for notebooks, code named Santa Rosa and expected to be available in systems in 2007, attempts to provide some of the immediate response capabilities for mobile computing that people have come to expect from consumer electronics devices.

"We need to have devices that boot very, very rapidly the same way that we get off the plane and immediately get a cell phone signal," he said at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco Tuesday.

Mobile solution providers that service verticals have long lamented the slow boot time of Windows, even after it comes out of sleep mode. To save power, those solution providers have said, the system needs to be able to power down or go into sleep mode when not in use, but also needs to wake up immediately when a worker needs to access information.

Intel's new technology, code-named Robson, promises boot ups that take half the time of notebooks on the market today and application launches that are five times as fast with its NAND flash memory, said Maloney.

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