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Details of first Centrino 2 laptop leaked online

PC maker reveals details of Montevina system

Details of the first few processors belonging to Intel's Centrino 2 mobile platform have been leaked on the site of Australian PC maker Pioneer Computers, pre-empting Intel's official launch of the platform at the middle of this year.

The Centrino 2 platform, codenamed Montevina, is an upgrade to Intel's current Centrino platform and will include five Core 2 processors running at clock speeds between 2.26GHz and 3.06GHz.

The processors will be offered by Pioneer Computers in its DreamBook Style 9008 Centrino 2 laptop, one of earliest based on Intel's latest mobile platform.

The Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor running at 2.26GHz will include 3MB of cache, and the Core 2 Extreme X9100 processor, running at 3.06GHz processor, will include 6MB of cache.

Other Centrino 2 processors listed on Pioneers' website include the Core 2 Duo P8600 running at 2.4GHz with 3MB of cache, the Core 2 Duo P9500 running at 2.53GHz with 6MB of cache and the Core 2 Duo T9600 processor running at 2.8GHz with 6MB of cache.

The chips, which belong to the Penryn family, are manufactured using the 45-nanometre process.

Intel has said that Centrino 2 includes a chip that combines both wireless and WiMax capabilities. Pioneer is offering both capabilities as options with the laptop. The laptop, priced starting at $1,303 supports up to 4GB of memory and weighs 2.8kg.

At the Intel Developer Forum last year, Intel talked about shrinking the size of chips by up to 60 percent for the Centrino 2 platform. Intel has small-form-factor chips will be released shortly after the normal-sized chips.


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