IDF - Nehalem on track for Q4, goes mobile in 2009

Intel is on track to produce the first Nehalem processors in Q4, with mobile versions due next year.

Intel reaffirmed its Nehalem family of processors is on track to enter production during the fourth quarter, with the first mobile version of the chips to be released next year.

Nehalem is a microarchitecture that will eventually replace the Core microarchitecture used in the company's current product line, and will initially be manufactured using the same 45-nanometer process that's currently used to produce Intel's top-line Penryn family of chips. The first Nehalem chips that get released will be designed for servers and high-end desktops.

Nehalem processors will have from two to eight cores and include up to 8M bytes of level 3 cache.

During 2009, Intel plans to ship a mobile version of the Nehalem processor as part of Calpella, the code name for a future version of Centrino 2. Formerly called Montevina, Centrino 2 is set to be released in June and will offer WiMax connectivity as an option alongside Wi-Fi.

When exactly during 2009 the mobile version of Nehalem will arrive is not yet clear. Intel typically makes two changes to its Centrino platform each year, introducing a new version during the middle of the year, usually late in the second quarter or during the third quarter. That release is then followed by a "refresh" early the following year that allows the chip maker to introduce new mobile processors to the platform, as it did in January by refreshing the current Santa Rosa version of Centino with the first mobile Penryn processors.

That may not happen with the mobile Nehalem chips. Intel spokesman Elvin Ong declined to say whether or not the company is planning an intermediate step between the introduction of Montevina in June and the release of Calpella sometime next year.

Dadi Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobility Group, is expected to discuss Montevina during a keynote speech Wednesday at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Shanghai. Besides adding WiMax support for the first time, he also planned to discuss options for smaller components that will reduce the size required for Montevina, and make it suitable for small laptops.

Perlmutter will also announce an anti-theft technology for laptops that will be released later this year, but is not expected to discuss specifics of the technology, Intel said.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sumner Lemon

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?