Centrino 2 Chips Coming In June / September
Intel's 45nm notebook processors, recently branded as Centrino 2 (well, thats logical really) will first hit this June and the first Quad-Core in the series will find its way to consumers in September. The QX9300 will weigh in at 2.53GHz with 12MB of cache and will cost just over $1000. I'm willing to bet you won't be seeing these in super slim models, but rather in those fancy (and heavy) brick like models that are popular with gamers on the move. The processors coming along in June will be dual-core parts and range from the P8400 (2.26GHz with 3MB cache), to the T9600 (2.8GHz with 6MB cache). Those should go for $209 and $530 respectively. The Extreme dual-core Centrino should also get a bump to the X9100 (3.06GHz, 6MB cache, $851). As well as the quad-core in September you can expect a range of low power dual-cores akin to those found in the Macbook Air. All you have to do now is wait, as usual. It's worth noting that the information isn't official from Intel yet, but sources seem pretty confident.