Nehalem to shun notebooks until mid-2009?

— 9:40 AM on August 5, 2008

We've talked quite extensively about desktop flavors of Intel's next-gen Nehalem architecture, but details on notebook variants have remained a tad more elusive. DigiTimes has now written up a report that hints we might not see Nehalem-powered notebooks until the third quarter of 2009.

Crediting sources at notebook makers for the information, DigiTimes reports that Intel will launch its next-generation notebook platform—code-named Calpella—in Q3 2009. The platform will mix Clarksfield and Auburndale processors with a "single integrated chipset codenamed Ibex Peak-M." Both processors will have built-in memory controllers capable of using DDR3 memory, and Auburndale will feature an integrated graphics core. On the connectivity front, we can reportedly look forward to 802.11n Wi-Fi and WiMAX.

The Q3 2009 deadline seems pretty far off, considering Intel plans to release its first Nehalem desktop chips in the fourth quarter of this year (or a tad earlier, some say). The delay could make sense, though. We heard late in 2007 that Nehalem processors with built-in graphics cores wouldn't show up until some time in 2009, so Intel may choose to wait until those CPUs are ready before introducing a new Centrino platform.

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