updated 09:10 am EST, Fri January 11, 2008
New Intel CPU Categories
Intel's launch of its Montevina platform update in mid-year should also bring a slew of new processor categories that will let it create processors for very specific notebook types, claim system builders. While its mobile lineup is already divided into high-performance (X), normal (T), low-voltage (L), and ultra-low voltage (U) classes, the new series will add a mainstream P segment. The category will be intended for notebook processors whose typical peak power is in between full-power T-series chips and the low-voltage equivalents; these chips will usually consume a lower 20 to 29 watts.
An equally important field will be a new S sub-category, say the reports. Rather than address strict power input, the label will apply to designs with an extra-small package. P, L, and U processors can become SP, SL, and SU versions respectively. Intel is also believed to be porting the Q label from the desktop Core 2 Duo and Extreme lines to notebooks when the first mobile quad-core processors are available in the summer.
The Montevina platform arrives in June and forms the backbone of the second generation of mobile 45-nanometer processors. In its current design, the technology will support an improved 1,066MHz processor system bus as well as newer GMA X4500 integrated graphics chipset and notebook DDR3 memory.