Penryn mobile chips due out in early 2008?
The guys at VR-Zone have laid their hands on a roadmap that details Intel's upcoming lineup of mobile chips based on the 45nm "Penryn" core. Judging by the roadmap, the chips will have clock speeds ranging from 2.1GHz to 2.8GHz. Standard-voltage Core 2 Duo-branded variants will run up to 2.6GHz—no change from existing chips there—and Intel will also introduce a 45nm version of the newly launched 2.8GHz Core 2 Extreme X7800. Cache sizes will be 3MB for 2.1GHz and 2.4GHz parts and 6MB for the 2.5GHz, 2.6GHz, and 2.8GHz models, while front-side bus speeds will remain at 800MHz. For reference, existing mobile Core 2 Duos have cache sizes of 2MB or 4MB.
According to VR-Zone, mobile Penryn-based Core 2 processors are scheduled to roll out in the first quarter of 2008. They'll initially go into notebooks based on the Santa Rosa Refresh platform, but Intel reportedly has a new mobile platform dubbed Montevina in the works for the following quarter. That platform will support DDR3 memory and front-side bus speeds up to 1066MHz.