Intel to launch "Montevina" Centrino 2 chips in two waves

Intel will roll out its first wave of mainstream 45-nanometer "Montevina" Centrino 2 mobile processors by June then follow this up in September with additional chips including the first quad-core mobile processor. The first quad-core mobile processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX9300, will launch in September at a clock speed of 2.53GHz and be priced […]

Intel will roll out its first wave of mainstream 45-nanometer "Montevina" Centrino 2 mobile processors by June then follow this up in September with additional chips including the first quad-core mobile processor.

The first quad-core mobile processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX9300, will launch in September at a clock speed of 2.53GHz and be priced at just over $1,000. This chip will also boast a massive 12MB cache and have a Thermal Design Power (TDP or thermal envelope) of 45 watts, rivaling desktop quad-core processors.

The first wave of Centrino 2 models, due by June, include the T9600 and P8600, running at 2.8GHz and 2.4GHz respectively. A high-end upgrade to the current Core 2 Extreme X9000, the X9100, is also expected. This is expected to run at 3.06MHz with a 44W thermal envelope. Pricing will range from $530 for the T9600 to $209 for the P8400 (2.26GHz). The 8000 series will have a 3MB cache, while the 9000, 6MB.

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