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

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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    • UberGerbil
    • 12 years ago

    That sounds about right. The Core 2 mobile chips trailed the architectural debut by a couple of quarters IIRC, and there’s a lot more platform-level changes this time around.

    The curious thing about the Nehalem introduction vs Core 2 is that Intel is releasing the desktop chips before the small (DP) server chips in this generation. I suspect that reflects their comfort in the server space, vs a couple of years ago where they were losing marketshare to AMD. Releasing desktop/workstation parts first allows them to ramp up production in a relatively low-volume segment and use enthusiasts/early adopters as the last round of testing while Tigerton and Dunnington hold the fort in the server segment. There’s going to be significant demand for the Nehalem server procs (even in the face of the economic downturn, since smart IT depts will be able to use them to increase computing density and, thanks to virtualization, ultimately cut costs through consolidation). So it makes sense to get the enthusiast market to pay them to work out any lingering hitches before moving on to the higher demand (and higher profit) server and mobile markets.

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