Intel to ramp 45nm quickly in the mobile space

Word at notebook manufacturers is that Intel won't waste any time rolling out 45nm mobile processors next year, according to DigiTimes. The site has heard from its moles at unnamed laptop makers that no less than half of Intel's mobile processor shipments will be based on 45nm process technology by the second quarter of next year.

The 45nm chips will be based on the "Penryn" core, and they'll go into notebooks build around the "Santa Rosa Refresh" platform—at least until Intel introduces the Montevina platform. That roll-out will be akin to the way Intel paired the first mobile Core 2 Duos with the Napa Refresh platform before introducing Santa Rosa. DigiTimes says Montevina-based notebooks will start coming out some time in the second quarter of 2008 and that they should account for 20% of shipments for that quarter.

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