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MSI GX600 "Santa Rosa" based notebook with Turbo button  (Source: DailyTech, Anh T. Huynh)
Intel's "Santa Rosa" platform gets a "Penryn" refresh before "Montevina" arrives

Intel needs to call a plumber, because future roadmap details continue to leak from the company. Yesterday, we learned of new 45nm Xeon processors based on Intel’s upcoming Penryn-family. Now we have news of the upcoming Penryn-based mobile Core 2 Duo processors for the Santa Rosa refresh.

Intel has four new Penryn-based Core 2 Duo processors in the pipeline. Although Intel has not given the new processors model names, Intel reveals the clock speeds and cache configurations in the latest roadmap.

All four mobile Core 2 Duo processors make use of an 800MHz FSB, matching Merom-based models. Intel does not intend to move mobile processors to a 1066 MHz or 1333 MHz front-side bus like its desktop counterparts.

 Penryn-based mobile Core 2 Duos
Model
Core
Frequency
FSBL2 Cache
TBA2.6 GHz 800 MHz
6MB
TBA2.5 GHz 800 MHz
6MB
TBA
2.4 GHz 800 MHz
3MB
TBA2.1 GHz 800 MHz
3MB

The four new mobile Core 2 Duo processors range from 2.1 GHz to 2.6 GHz. Higher-end 2.6 GHz and 2.5 GHz Penryn-based mobile Core 2 Duo processors feature 6MB of L2 cache. The entry-level 2.4 GHz and 2.1 GHz have 3MB of L2 cache, half of the higher-end models. Intel plans to provide Penryn-based mobile Core 2 Duo processors in PGA Socket P and BGA configurations, as with Merom-based processors.

45nm Core 2 Extreme
Model
Core
Frequency
FSB
L2 Cache
TBA2.8 GHz 800 MHz 6MB

Additionally, Intel plans a Penryn refresh of its mobile Core 2 Extreme processor. The Penryn-based mobile Core 2 Extreme processor clocks in at 2.8 GHz on an 800 MHz front-side bus. Cache-size remains the same as the other Penryn-based mobile Core 2 Duo processors, at 6MB. Despite a mild speed increase from the high-end Penryn-based Core 2 Duo, the mobile Core 2 Extreme features an unlocked multiplier for overclocking.

The Santa Rosa refresh remains identical to what Intel launched a few months ago. The only difference with the refreshed Santa Rosa is support for Intel Penryn-based mobile Core 2 Duo processors. Intel’s Santa Rosa refresh continues to use the same GM965 and PM965 Express chipsets paired with the ICH8M south bridge.

Intel’s next mobile platform overhaul will not arrive until Q2’2008. The next-generation Montevina platform introduces the new Cantiga PM and GM chipsets, based on Intel’s Bearlake-family. Cantiga pairs with a new ICH9M south bridge. Montevina also introduces new Echo Peak and Shirley Peak wireless 802.11a, 802.11g and 802.11n adapters. A new Boazman Gigabit Ethernet controller and Intel Turbo Memory 2.0 top the list of Montevina features.

Expect Intel to refresh Santa Rosa with Penryn-based mobile Core 2 Duo processors in Q1’08 and Montevina to succeed Santa Rosa in Q2’08.


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RE: Slow down a bit !
By TomZ on 7/19/2007 5:04:54 PM , Rating: 2
I understand what you're saying, but I see it as more of a product development pipeline. For example, now that the first round of Santa Rosa laptops is just being released, Intel engineers are working on the next revision of that platform. This gives plenty of time (at least a year) to sell the existing generation and to pay for the investments. Sales and marketing continues with the first-gen while engineering starts thinking about second-gen.

Of course, reading a site like DT we can always see the next wave coming, and we may have the desire to wait for the next wave. But most buyers are not aware of the next wave, and even if they were, they wouldn't be inclined to wait, since they may need a new machine "now" and not a year from now.

Also there is the potential problem of always waiting for the next thing, and therefore, never buying, since there is always something better on the horizon. Most people recognize you can't always wait, you have to plunk down money for today's tech sometimes.

Have a great day!


RE: Slow down a bit !
By crystal clear on 7/19/2007 7:51:40 PM , Rating: 2
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