Thanks to various reports from the past few months, we know a little bit about Centrino 2. Intel's next mobile platform should bring a new round of 45nm processors with higher front-side bus speeds, some "small form factor" chips for slim notebooks, DirectX 10-class integrated graphics, and DDR3 memory support.
What we hadn't heard yet is that, according to DigiTimes, Intel plans to push solid-state drives as part of the platform. The company announced in March that it was readying SSDs for a launch later this year, and DigiTimes now quotes sources at PC makers as saying Intel will push these SSDs in mid-range, high-end, and enterprise Centrino 2 notebooks in the late third quarter. Intel reportedly believes SSDs will "become the mainstream notebook storage format."
So, what kinds of SSDs can we expect to see in future Centrino 2 notebooks? If DigiTimes has its facts straight, Intel's upcoming storage devices will include 2.5" Client X25-M and 1.8" Client X18-M models, both with 80GB capacities and Serial ATA interfaces. Capacities will go up to 160GB by the late fourth quarter and climb to 250GB or more next year. DigiTimes doesn't talk pricing or performance, but Intel's Troy Winslow stated a couple months back that Intel's SSDs will perform "much better" than current offerings because of "the way the controller and firmware operates."
|1. BIF - $340||2. Ryu Connor - $250||3. mbutrovich - $250|
|4. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200||5. End User - $150||6. Captain Ned - $100|
|7. Anonymous Gerbil - $100||8. Bill Door - $100||9. ericfulmer - $100|
|10. dkanter - $100|
|AMD drops prices on the Radeon RX 460 and RX 470||14|
|Reports: Radeon RX 470D is a budget Polaris card for China||2|
|Examining reports of slow write speeds on the 32GB iPhone 7||18|
|Cellular Insights dissects iPhone 7 Plus modem performance||10|
|Deals of the week: scads of high-performance storage and more||7|
|Tobii's Eye Tracker 4C knows where your head is||0|
|GeForce driver 375.57 is prepared for Titanfall 2||6|
|Phanteks Eclipse P400 gets a tempered glass option||0|
|Radeon 16.10.2 drivers add support for October's big games||10|
|A real "console monitor" would be 720p @ 30 Hz ;P||+58|