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Consumers will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on a Centrino 2 notebook

DailyTech reported in late February that Intel was well on its way to launch its Montevina-based Centrino 2 platform in June of this year. The Centrino 2 platform is supposed to bring refreshed Penryn processors running on a 1066MHz FSB, three new northbridges with upgraded graphics (GM45, GM47, and PM45), and new 802.11n/WiMAX wireless controllers.

Those that were hoping to upgrade to new laptops in June will have to hold off -- at least for a few weeks. Intel announced today that it will delay the scheduled launch of Centrino 2 and the reason for the delay might be a surprise to many. Most would surmise that a delay big enough to slow down a major platform launch would be due to a problem with the processors or the chipset -- however, this response would only be half correct.

Two issues are contributing to the delayed rollout of Centrino 2: an issue with the integrated graphics controller on the GM45/GM47 and FCC certification issues with the Shirley Peak 802.11n wireless controllers. Intel spokesman Bill Kircos claims that the graphics anomaly was caught in final testing and a workaround has been identified. The WiFi/FCC mishap was due to "paperwork and certification mistake we made" according to Kircos.

Kircos went on to set a new launch date for Centrino 2. "Both of these led us to establishing a launch date for our mobile processors and discrete chipsets of the week of July 14th, and taking a couple of weeks to get the right readiness and volume for the rest of our components -- we're looking at early August for that."

Intel must be careful to ensure that its delays don't stretch too far into the Back to School shopping period which is fast approaching. Intel's Centrino 2 marketing will no doubt be in full swing during this period and it is imperative that Intel have adequate supply of all components necessary to achieve the "Centrino 2" badge of honor.

As for Intel's problems with its integrated graphics controller; it's sure to add more fuel to the fire for NVIDIA's incessant ribbing of Intel's IGP performance. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang declared in early April that his company was "going to open a can of whoop ass" on the competition and declared Intel's IGPs "a joke".

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whoops ass!
By bryanW1995 on 5/28/2008 3:27:52 PM , Rating: 4
looks like intel is opening a can of whoopass on themselves...

RE: whoops ass!
By lagitup on 5/28/2008 4:20:31 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps this isn't intel's fault at all, but rather some nEspionage?

RE: whoops ass!
By DM0407 on 5/28/2008 4:28:49 PM , Rating: 5
Why is "whoop ass" always sold in cans? I want Whoop ass in a sealable bottle so I can open whoop ass multiple times a day without having to worry about it going bad. What if I only want to dole out a small amount of whoop ass? I would have to waste an entire can, hardly economical.

Are these cans of whoop ass the quick opening cans or is a can opener required? I don't want to have to be in my kitchen when rationing out whoop ass, seems like it would make a mess.

These are the things you think about at 4:30 on a Wednesday afternoon...

RE: whoops ass!
By baadcatj on 5/28/2008 6:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like you are looking to 'tap a keg of whoop ass'. Stays sealed and fresh, while allowing you to use only the amount you need.

You can mount it in your trunk or pickup to always be nearby and ready for your immediate use. Individual, glass-lined cans are available and the new, twist-lid, energy-drink can style will be available for your purchase soon.

Remember, whoop responsibly!

RE: whoops ass!
By seamonkey79 on 5/28/2008 8:56:37 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget about the Whoop Ass Bong (TM)

Mount on a balcony and you can open as much or as little Whoop Ass on a whole crowd of people below.

By Polynikes on 5/28/2008 12:36:58 PM , Rating: 2
I was waiting for Centrino 2 before getting a new laptop. Now I'll have to wait some more.

RE: Bummer
By V3ctorPT on 5/28/2008 1:11:23 PM , Rating: 1
This delay is like the delay of the new quads and dual cores on the 45nm refresh... a "bug" was discovered in the last few weeks... this purely lack of competition by AMD... I think that the new AMD platform (PUMA) is going to come out at the same time Intel is releasing their nem Centrino 2... so, i think that this is just to steal the "momentum" for AMD...

RE: Bummer
By srp49ers on 5/28/2008 2:07:44 PM , Rating: 2

I think because of this delay, AMD will have their new platform out before intel. They may not have the highest performing CPU, but the platform as a whole is looking very
good. I dont see why you think Intel would purposely delay the release of centrino 2.

RE: Bummer
By ImSpartacus on 5/28/2008 3:15:11 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. This is an area that doesn't make sense to artificially postpone. They probably have a real problem.

RE: Bummer
By TomZ on 5/28/2008 10:54:01 PM , Rating: 2
Considering that Intel has a dominant position in current-gen offerings, and they are expected to continue to dominate in next-gen offerings, there's really little market pressure for them to hold to published dates.

If, on the other hand, AMD was currently really competitive and/or dominating, then Intel would probably be more agressive about dates for their next-gen. So in other words I think the OP's point is valid.

RE: Bummer
By melgross on 5/29/2008 12:36:32 AM , Rating: 2
If Apple was expecting to announce, and shortly deliver, new models during their ADC, June 9th, as seems to have been a good possibility, then Intel wouldn't be doing this out of choice.

It's likely a real screwup.

RE: Bummer
By kenji4life on 5/30/2008 3:34:14 AM , Rating: 2
I agree that this was definitely not intentional. AMD is still on target for a June launch of their Puma platform, and here in Japan at least, this will encourage major sales (most Japanese purchase at retail stores, not on the internet).

Anyone who thinks that Intel shouldn't be stressed out about a late back-to-school launch of a mobile computing platform when the competition is on target with theirs is well, out to lunch. It doesn't matter how far ahead in technology, resources, or MONEY a company is, they still want to look at the bottom line.

Look at it this way: Should the Lakers just skip practice for a week, because they are on a winning streak? Absolutely not. In fact they should take advantage of the fact that they are doing well, and stay on top of their game. What if Kobe was injured right before the playoffs?

If Intel isn't sweating, they should be. The stock-holders don't like seeing share prices go down.

By maverick85wd on 5/28/2008 2:55:27 PM , Rating: 2
Intel spokesman Bill Kircos claims that the graphics anomaly was caught in final testing and a workaround has been identified.

I wonder how much, if at all, performance will suffer. Even if I were to buy a laptop I'd still prefer not to have an integrated graphics card, just curious.

While Intel is producing some pretty quick chips, I think I like what I'm seeing out of AMD a little more as far as the system as a whole. I'm very excited to see how their new platforms pan out. I just hope they don't shoot themselves in the foot with constant delays on their next-gen products as they have done in the past.

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