Christmas notebook recipients beware: your present will get old fast.
I do like an excuse to pause and say ‘oh ho?’ while browsing the web (try it: you’ll love it), and there can be no doubt that DailyTech’s scoop on Intel’s release schedule for Penryn’s mobile variants gives me ample reason to do so.
Sure, a bit of extra speed on the desktop front is no bad thing, but the pricing is ridiculous; on the notebook side of things, however, the power savings 45nm production brings, coupled with the speed bump should make for a nice refresh – especially when Montevina, the successor to Santa Rosa, hits in the second half of next year.
According to DailyTech’s info, the first raft of 45nm Core 2 Duo Mobile parts will simply be die-shrunk replacements for the current range of processors, carrying the same clock speeds and 35W TDPs (44W for the Extreme range), although the chips will have larger level 2 caches.
The line-up will consist of the ‘Extreme’ 2.8GHz X9000, a 2.6GHz T9500, and a 2.5GHz T9300, all boasting 6MB of L2 cache, while the 2.4GHz T8300 and 2.1GHz T8100 will sport a smaller 3MB cache. Oh, and of course all the chips in the new range should be cheaper than their predecessors.
Once Montevina hits, yet another slew of chips will be released with 25W TDPs as well as increased 12MB caches for the Extreme editions. All these processors will offer support for DDR3 RAM and run off 1,066MHz front-side busses. Those hoping for any more information about Intel’s mobile quad-core processors will be disappointed, but c’est la vie. The new 45nm Core 2 Mobiles should be available as of the 6th of January next year, so if you’re expecting a notebook for Christmas prepare to have it superseded soon after.