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Model numbers for Intel's upcoming mobile chips leaked

Intel shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to its mobile processors. Intel's Core-based architecture has being doing remarkably well in the marketplace with Celeron-M, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors covering the vast spectrum between budget and high-end notebooks.

Intel will up the ante again on January 6, 2008 with its new 45nm Penryn-based Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme dual core processors.

It's highly plausible that the chips could make their first appearance at CES 2008 (January 7, 2008) with further unveils at MacWorld 2008 in Apple’s oft-rumored tablet, revamped MacBook Pros or refreshed iMac desktops.

Apple's current MacBook Pro makes use of the Core 2 Duo T7500, T7700 and T7800 65nm Merom processors which will be phased out in favor of the new T8300, T9300 and T9500. Likewise, the current iMac uses Core 2 Duo T7250, T7700 and Core 2 Extreme X7900 processors which are being replaced by the T8100, T9300 and X9000.

Penryn Notebook Launch Processors
Model
Core
Frequency
TDP
L2 Cache
Launch Price
X9000 2.8 GHz 44W 6MB
$851
T9500 2.6 GHz 35W 6MB
$530
T9300
2.5 GHz 35W 6MB
$316
T8300 2.4 GHz 35W 3MB
$241
T8100
2.1 GHz 35W 3MB
$209

Apple isn't the only company that stands to benefit from the new Penryn-based notebook chips -- expect a slew of announcement from PC manufacturers on new or revamped notebooks features the faster, cooler-running processors.

Initial Penryn mobile processors will launch exclusively with a 35W thermal envelope.  Existing Merom mobile processors (T7000-series) also fit inside the 35W envelope at standard voltage.  However, with the Montevina Centrino refresh in the second half of 2008, new Penryn mobile processors will receive a 25W TDP rating instead. 

Looking further into the future, Q3 will see the addition of another group of 45nm Penryn-based processors using Intel's Montevina platform. These processors will feature 6MB of L2 cache in Core 2 Duo form and 12MB of cache for Core 2 Extreme models -- both will feature 1066MHz FSBs along with support for DDR3 memory.





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