Intel's Centrino brand has been with us now for so long I can barely remember a time when it wasn't the de-facto notebook platform. Having already survived the introduction of Core Duo and 2007's Santa Rosa refresh the brand is set to finally move on with Montevina and the details are steadily trickling out as to just what Centrino 2 will be bringing with it.
We already know that Penryn processors are set to power the new platform, but we've now got the details on exactly what to expect. As you can see below, in addition to the T-series we already see, being labelled as straight up ‘Performance' parts with 35W TDPs, we also now have the ‘Power Optimised Performance' P-series, with lower 25W TDPs, the pick of the bunch being the P9500, which should have performance equalling the T9400 but with a lower power draw.
On the right you can see the line-up of processors intended for smaller systems, the one most exciting to me being the U3300, which will hopefully see its way into various new versions of the Sony Vaio TZ, Toshiba Portégé R500 and such similar systems. Elsewhere a similar range of low power-draw chips will find their ways into systems less willing to compromise processor speed for battery life.
Chipset wise things look good as well, with three new offerings available, named the GM45, GM47 and PM45. GM45 and 47 will offer support for DDR2 and (for the first time in notebooks) DDR3 memory and boast integrated graphics under the label of X4500 HD, which will offer improved performance from X3100, as well as DX10 support along with HDMI and DisplayPort outputs. Supposedly GM47 is twice as fast in 3DMark06 as its predecessor, although you still won't be playing Crysis on it.
PM47, meanwhile, is the IGP-free flavour of Intel's latest chipset, intended for use with nVidia or ATI graphics chips in higher-end systems. Also making its way into the Centrino 2 platform is WiMAX support, a great addition to any notebook - if you happen to live in Milton Keynes.