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The Power of Core Duo Portables

New core duo portables pack more processing punch per watt.

This story appears in the April 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If you've been thinking about picking up a new laptop or 10 for your mobile work force, now is a great time to go shopping. The first portables using Intel's Centrino Duo mobile technology platform are starting to fill retail and e-tail shelves, and AMD's dual-core entry should be here by summer.

The shift to multicore processing--in the case of Intel's Core Duo, two engines on a single chip--is a computing sea change with special significance for portables. It's not that chip makers won't continue to drive throughput by revving up processor clock cycles. The issue is that increased throughput tends to gobble battery power and generate heat--long the twin millstones surrounding portability. Today's microprocessor circuits are so thin--thinner than a human cell, in fact--that the more electricity pushed through them, the more they leak.

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