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Intel nudges Centrino 2 debut back

Still in public H1 2008 launch window - just

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Intel's next major Centrino revamp - dubbed 'Centrino 2' - isn't coming until the end of June, and not this month, as the company's executives have stated in the past.

According to whispers coming out of Taiwan's notebook manufacturers, the chip giant will release the X9100, T9600, T9400, P9500, P8600 and P8400 'Montevina'-oriented processors in that post-Computex timeframe.

They'll be priced at $851, $530, $348, $316, $241 and $209, respectively, we understand. They're all dual-core, and they'll all be fabbed at 45nm.

The 'P' chips have a maximum power draw of 25W, the 'T's 35W. The 2.4GHz P8600 has 3MB of L2, as does the 2.26GHz P8400. The P9500, like the T9600 and T9400, has 6MB of L2. Those three are clocked at 2.53GHz, 2.80GHz and 2.53GHz, respectively. All five CPUs sit on a 1066MHz frontside bus (FSB).

The X9100's FSB is 1066MHz too, but it'll draw 45W, be clocked to 3.06GHz and pack in 6MB of L2.

Centrino 2's late-June arrival gets it just into the H1 2008 launch window announced by Intel in the past. In September 2007, CEO Paul Otellini let slip that Centrino 2 would arrive in May 2008.

Once Centrino 2's out of the way, Intel can focus on its key Q3 launch: the first mobile quad-core chip. The $1038 QX9300 contains 12MB of L2 - 6MB per core pair - and sit on a 1066MHz FSB. Its clock speed has been said in the past to be 2.53GHz.

Q4 will see the debut of the four-core Q9100, but its speeds and feeds remain unknown.

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