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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 B on 7/20/2007 1:37:19 PM , Rating: 2
Intel and AMD need to play to win and ultimately reward their shareholders. Intel is clearly executing better and everyone reaps the benefits of their excellence.

Why would they slow down? Why would they artificially throttle their engineering department? What benefits would be achieved? Technology has always been a fast pace game of ideas, engineering, and execution. Plenty have failed in this ruthless marketplace. However, this creative destruction has greatly enriched the lives of humanity.

Consider how many scientific breakthroughs have been achieved and are attributable to Moore's law. Consider that everyone has or will have a bullhorn to voice there thoughts and opinions via blogs and video. This is all attributable to cheap and fast technology.

Consider how well Folding At Home work on a 486? Extrapolating this out, in another 10 years Penryn wouldn't be fit for use in a PDA, nor to run the newer and better distributed networking programs that have yet to been written.

Finally, don't forget that Intel has other pitiless adversaries including: IBM, Samsung, Nvidia, Freescale, et al.


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