Centrino 2 to launch a month later than expected

For weeks now, the rumor mill has been talking about an early June launch time frame for Intel's Centrino 2 platform. However, TG Daily now reports that Intel has pushed back the launch of its new mobile platform all the way until July 14. The mid-July launch won't cover all Centrino 2 hardware, either—the "full line" of chipsets will supposedly follow "a couple of weeks later."

Regarding the cause for the delay, TG Daily quotes both its own sources and American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman as saying Intel suffered a "'mis-step in the completion of FCC certification' for the next-generation Centrino processor with support for the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard." Intel also ran into trouble with its new mobile integrated graphics chipsets, which allegedly caused some notebooks to fail.

If true, the postponement will give AMD more time to get its Puma mobile platform rolling. AMD plans to unleash Puma in early June, and the company triumphantly announced last month that its platform had scored 100 design wins—twice as many as its previous offering. Puma will include new Turion Ultra processors, a 780-series chipset, and Radeon HD 3000-series integrated graphics with Hybrid Graphics support.

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