updated 04:10 pm EDT, Tue May 27, 2008
Intel Delaying Centrino 2
Intel is pushing back the launch of its Centrino 2 notebook platform to July 14th, claims a new rumor from TG Daily. The news from insiders allegedly near Intel would have Intel not only delay its launch of newer processors and chipsets past June but force the company to scrap a planned debut at the Computex show on June 3rd. The delay is said to be a combination of both hurdles relating to FCC approval for the 802.11n Wi-Fi chipset as well as flaws with integrated graphics chipsets found by Intel late into development.
FCC regulation is also poised to create problems for the initial rollout once systems begin shipping, as Intel will be limited at first to shipping systems with 802.11g wireless as the fastest option. The faster 802.11n standard is expected to be available two weeks later.
While supported only by a report from an American Technology Research analyst, the delay would trigger significant setbacks for a number of PC makers, many of whom are believed to be readying systems for same-day launches that coincide with the ship date for Intel itself. A verified delay would also make the launch of Centrino 2-based MacBooks at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference all but impossible without a delayed release date and may push back an update to 13-inch MacBooks until late July at the earliest, as the line currently depends on Intel's integrated graphics.
Centrino 2 brings a major graphics upgrade for systems without dedicated video hardware and also introduces a faster 1,066MHz system bus for some processors, the second generation of Turbo Memory flash-based cache drives, and the option of a WiMAX adapter chipset known as Echo Peak.