Nehalem-based laptops to arrive in July, August '09?

— 10:51 AM on October 23, 2008

In August, whispers from rumor sites hinted that Intel might not release mobile Nehalem derivatives until the third quarter of next year. Intel itself recently confirmed the chips will show up in the second half of 2009, but it fell short of giving a precise time frame.

Thanks to its sources at notebook makers, DigiTimes has now learned of a more specific launch schedule—July or August 2009. Reportedly, that's when Intel will release the GM55 chipset from its next-gen Calpella mobile platform. Calpella will accommodate Nehalem-based Clarksfield and Auburndale processors, the latter of which could include an integrated graphics processor.

Before then, DigiTimes says you can expect a Montevina refresh platform and two new Core 2 Duo processors—the T9900 and P8800—to show up in April 2009. The same story also names eight incoming Core 2 processors, including a Core 2 Quad Q9600 and a Core 2 Duo T9800. Previous reports have pinned the launch of the T9800 in the first quarter of next year, and they've said it will run at 2.93GHz.

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