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Intel expanding notebook CPU categories?

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. VHMP01

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MB full of A...

    Even with time advantage they sell a full of air ultraportable, and with the upcoming ‘Montevina’ it will likely last just a couple of months for anyone to use Air’s processor. Let’s see the fully equipped (Toshiba, Sony, HP) greater and cheaper ultra portables coming soon.

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