updated 11:15 am EDT, Tue July 15, 2008
Intel Mobile Quad due Aug
Intel's first quad-core notebook processor will be ready by next month, says the semiconductor firm's Singapore marketing chief Sujan Kamran. Although the official declines to provide details, the processor is expected to be clocked at 2.53GHz and carry the same 12MB of Level 2 cache as desktop quad-core chips. It would be badged as a Core 2 Extreme processor (the QX9300) despite the clock speed gap between itself and the 3.06GHz dual-core model already made public.
Core 2 Extreme mobile processors have typically used 44 watts of power and are aimed at enthusiasts as well as high-end desktop replacement notebooks, potentially ruling out the quad-core offering for thin-and-light systems. However, one report regarding the 2.53GHz inaugural model suggests it may consume the same 35 watts of thermal peak power as Intel's faster dual-core processors for the Centrino 2 platform, which would allow it to fit in the MacBook Pro and other thin performance systems without overheating or reducing battery life beyond that of pre-update Core 2 processors.