Intel Centrino-2 (Montevina) Platform launched

Intel had already made us aware of revised Centrino processors release in February 2008. On Tuesday 15th July, it launched the latest series of notebook based processors, formerly codenamed Montevina and now called Intel Centrino 2.

Intel released five new Core 2 Duo mobile processors as a part of its launch of the Centrino 2 platform in San Francisco. All of them 45nm and featuring 1066MHz on the FSB. The blazing fast Intel Core 2 Extreme 3.06 GHz(X9100) will be the flagship model. Three of the new Core 2 Duos have 6M of L2 cache, including the T9600 (2.8GHz, $530), the P9500 (2.53GHz, $348) and the T9400 (2.53GHz, $316). The remaining pair, with 3M of L2 cache, are the P8600 (2.4GHz, $241) and the P8400 (2.26GHz, $209). The former top chip in the Core 2 Duo mobile line, the 2.6GHz T9500 with 6M of L2 cache and 800MHz FSB speed, was still listed at $530.

Intel’s Montevina (Centrino 2) design is spread across its broad partner channel. Centrino 2 notebooks from HP, Sony, Lenovo and other Tier 1 OEMs were showcased at the launch alongside some notebooks built by regional players like Seneca Data and Equus Computer Systems.

The new chips are based on an advanced 45-nanometer manufacturing process, come with a faster 1066MHz front side bus(FSB) and feature up to 6MB of L2 cache. The new series also features three versions of these chips that reduce laptop processor power consumption by about 30 percent which is now down to just 25 watts. The new platform also features Deep Power down technology that turns off processing components such as CPU clocks and cache memory when the laptop is idle. This results for higher energy savings.

Intel has also introduced its Mobile Intel 45 Express Chipset which looks to be better equipped for not only integrated graphics support, but also to work with discrete graphics processors. The wireless Intel Wi-Fi Link 5000 series, delivers five times the speed and twice the range of older 802.11a/g technology. The Intel Wi-Fi Link 5000 series provides 802.11 draft-N supports with speeds on offer of up to 450 Mbps. It will be available in laptops shipping from August 2008.