Word is spreading that some
Taiwanese notebook manufacturers are itching to get their hands on Intel's Conroe-based
Core 2 Duo desktop processors. Instead of waiting until August
when Merom-based processors are officially going to be released, these
manufacturers are looking to Conroe to fill the gap.
Going with the pin-compatible
desktop-based Conroe not only makes available faster SKUs, but it also
comes at a very nice discount compared to Merom. Digitimes reports:
The shift will allow notebook makers
to enjoy a price difference of over US$50, and is workable since Conroe and
Merom are both designed to be lower powered CPUs, with Conroe coming with a
thermal design power (TDP) of 65W, compared with Merom's 35W, the sources
indicated. In addition, when paired with the Intel 965 chipsets, the
Conroe-based notebooks are likely to reach a level of performance similar to
Intel's next generation Santa Rosa platform, which is scheduled for release in
the second quarter of 2007, the sources noted.
People looking for low-power
desktops and SFF’s have been looking to Intel’s mobile processors for quite
some time now. It’s only natural that notebook manufacturers would go in the
opposite direction and look for a way to save a few bucks and increase
performance at the same time.
Several notebook manufactures,
including ECS and ASUS, have confirmed this expectation for designing a few
notebook models with Conroe CPUs, so don't be surprised if we see a few
models within the next few months.