Intel has outlined the first details of its new Banias mobile processor. The company also signalled that its mobile offerings are to take a more prominent role in its overall strategy.
The Banias features an entirely new processor microarchitecture. The forthcoming platform is designed to provide extended battery life, increased performance, new thin and light form factors, and simple, seamless wireless connectivity.
Additional technical details were released on the Banias microarchitecture, on the platform’s integrated 802.11a/b dual band wireless local area network (WLAN) solution, and on a number of software solutions that improve security and decrease the complexity of wireless networking.
Intel also introduced the Intel® 82540EP Gigabit Ethernet Controller, the first Gigabit Ethernet controller optimized for mobile designs.
Mobile PCs with the Banias platform will provide simple, untethered, cutting-edge wireless performance in a choice of cool new form factors, said Anand Chandrasekher, vice president, Intel’s Mobile Platforms Group. With the Banias platform, Intel is taking a holistic approach to designing for mobility – from the way the Banias microarchitecture was designed from the ground up for low power consumption and high performance, to the way that the other platform components work in concert to deliver better wireless mobility, to the work that Intel is doing with other companies to address wireless security and ease-of-use issues.