Feeds

Next-gen Centrino to ship 'May 2008'

CEO lets slip launch window

Intelligent flash storage arrays

IDF Intel will ship 'Montevina', the next major incarnation of its Centrino platform, in May 2008, CEO Paul Otellini let slip today. He also announced a 25W version of the platform's Core 2 Duo processors, based on the 45nm 'Penryn' design.

To date, the chip giant has simply spoken of an H1 2008 launch window for Montevina. Otellini initially narrowed that to "mid 2008", but then named May as the ship month. He also said the technology was now "out of the lab" and proceeding toward production.

In the past, Intel has said the current, 'Santa Rosa' generation of Centrino will be refreshed with Penryn CPUs next year, and Otellini re-iterated the fact, pointing to an "early 2008" introduction.

Intel announced Montevina at last April's IDF, held in Beijing. It will incorporate the 'Cantiga' chipset, with an updated LAN chip, 'Boaz', and 'Echo Peak' and 'Shiloh' providing wireless connectivity. Echo Peak combines Wi-Fi and WiMAX. Curiously, he didn't mention 'Dana Point', Intel's planned WiMAX-only module for notebooks. Shiloh, by the way, is an 802.11n-only module.

Otellini confirmed that Cantiga's integrated graphics will support both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc "natively" - in other words, it'll support HDMI output and HDCP anti-rip technology. The reference to Blu-ray was interesting - traditionally, Intel has been forthright in its support for HD DVD.

Montevina's Penryn processors consume 35W of power, matching today's mobile Core 2 Duos. Leaks, however, recently indicated Intel is planning a low-voltage version - no great surprise; it's long offered LV versions of its mobile CPUs - that consume no more than 25W of power.

Otellini didn't give any details, but these 25W parts are expected to debut in Q2 2008 at 2.13GHz, 2.40GHz and 2.53GHz, all with 3MB of L2 cache. It's anticipated they'll be accompanied by 2.53GHz, 2.80GHz and 3.06GHz, 6MB L2 Penryns, all sitting on a 1066MHz frontside bus. The Santa Rosa refresh Penryns will support an 800MHz FSB.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe
I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.