updated 12:55 pm EDT, Wed April 2, 2008
Intel Calpella platform
Presenting at its Developer Forum in Shanghai, Intel has exposed some of the first details of "Calpella," its next-generation notebook platform. A successor to the company's still-unreleased Centrino 2 platform, Calpella systems are only expected to arrive in the third quarter of 2009, but should bring significant enhancements. Among these is the use of Intel's upcoming Nehalem processor architecture, which should in fact be available in an enhanced 32nm form by the time Calpella computers are on the market. The first Nehalem CPUs will use 45nm manufacturing.
Also promised is "revolutionary power management," which may be used to equip systems with 3.5GHz-capable WiMAX receivers, an alternative for the 2.5GHz frequency associated with Centrino 2 notebooks. Further tenets of Calpella are said to include "stunning new visual experiences," but Intel is not clear on what this may mean.