Sometimes industry leaks are great because they foretell imminent product releases and stop us making purchases that are going to be redundant next week. Sometimes the leaks are not so good because they reveal that products we very much want are nowhere near hitting the market. The latest from the Intel camp is an example of the latter and although it is nice to know that quad-core laptop processors are coming, some may be less impressed by the time frame for that release, namely the second half of next year.
Still, knowing what we're going to get our hands on does make for some interesting reading and on that note we can relay some new and some not-so-new details as to exactly what is in store. So, as already widely published the chips will be based on the 45nm Penryn desktop parts, but the mobile parts won't be produced among the first batch of said processors. Running on the follow up to the Santa Rosa platform, codenamed Montevina, the chips will have 12MB of L2 cache (6MB per pair of cores), run on a 1,066MHz front-side bus.
A maximum power draw of 45W at full load and 4W idle sounds good and should mean that 45nm dual-core parts get even less power-hungry which will please ultra-portable notebook fans, like us at TrustedReviews. The last detail the leak reveals is that a new socket, called Socket P' (note the apostrophe) will take over from Socket P, so we can probably expect a new chipset along with the new processors. All par for the course and exactly what we would expect for s new platform.
So, not only can we expect to see a new range of mobile graphics chips by the time Montevina hits, bearing in mind that the nVidia 8-series will be a year old next May, but also some powerful mobile processors to go along side them.
HKEPC story (translated).