Intel gearing up for July 14 Centrino 2 launch


In late May, we learned that Intel had postponed the launch of its next-generation Centrino 2 notebook platform. Rather than launch in early June as expected, rumor sites claimed the launch would instead happen in the middle of July. Supposedly, Intel had run into certification problems with the Federal Communications Commission, not to mention failures with its new integrated graphics core.

The lack of available Centrino 2 notebooks hints the rumor was at least partly right, and eWeek now reports that Intel is indeed gearing up for a launch on July 14. The launch will take place during an event in San Francisco, the news site explains, and several notebook makers—including HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, and Fujitsu—will have systems ready as soon as Intel gives the green light.

According to older reports, Centrino 2 will bring a batch of new processors with 1066MHz front-side bus speeds, including some based on a new, smaller-than-usual form factor. These new CPUs will be joined by fresh GM45, GM47, and PM45 chipsets with DirectX 10 graphics, HDMI and DisplayPort display outputs, and support for DDR2 or DDR3 memory.

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