updated 11:50 am EDT, Mon July 13, 2009
Intel Clarksfield by Oct
Intel's first mobile Nehalem processors, known under their Clarksfield codename, have had their launch date pushed to near the start of fall if a rumor proves true. Originally scheduled for the summer, the quad-core chips are now penned in for late September or early October. No reason has been given for the delay by the sources for DigiTimes, although the processors are known to consume large amounts of power.
The initial lineup is expected to include the 1.6GHz P1, 1.73GHz P2 and 2GHz Extreme. Although all three are clocked significantly lower than existing Core 2 Quad parts, they should be much more efficient thanks to Nehalem's built-in and lower-latency memory controller, Hyperthreading and automatic overclock feature that speeds up a core in return for shutting others down when not necessary. Power consumption may start as high as 45W and could rule them out for thin notebooks early on.
Other Nehalem-based processors are due in Augustand include three Xeon W5500-series processors, five X3400 series Xeons, one low-power L-series Xeon and matching chipsets. Lynnfield, Intel's dual-core desktop processor for the mainstream, is purportedly scheduled for the first full week of September.
Two upgrades to the CULV line for economy ultraportables are claimed to be arriving at the same time as Clarksfield and should involve a faster Celeron and Core 2 Solo components, both likely running higher clock speeds.