Feeds

Intel's first quad-core mobile aimed at gamers

Core 2 Extreme QX9300 due Q3

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Intel has been known to have roadmapped its first quad-core mobile processor for a Q3 release - it demo'd the beast back in October 2007 - but now precise product details have emerged.

The gaming-oriented Core 2 Extreme QX9300 is - surprise, surprise - a 45nm 'Penryn' processor, so it contains plenty of L2 cache: 12MB to be precise, split 50:50 between each pair of cores. The chip will run at 2.53GHz on top of a 1066MHz frontside bus.

According to a report on Chinese-language site HKEPC, the QX9300 will have a power consumption envelope of 45W - 10W more than mainstream mobile Core 2 Duos' 35W TDP.

That means the CPU won't necessarily fit straight into existing notebook designs - the tolerances of a system designed tightly for a 35W processor are unlikely to extend to a 45W chip. Which is one reason why the QX9300 won't be part of Q2's Centrino update, 'Montevina' - or Centrino 2, as we should now start calling it.

It won't come cheap - as Core 2 Extreme CPUs never do. HKEPC's sources reckon the QX9300 alone will cost laptop makers $1038 a pop when they buy it in batches of 1000 chips.

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
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?