Wednesday, August 20th 2008

Intel Demonstrates Centrino 3 Mobile Platform

We are barely months into having Centrino 2 laptops at the store, following delays of six weeks with its launch owing to last minute glitches with its integrated graphics (IGP), and Intel has already demonstrated a Nehalem-based mobile computing platform at the ongoing Intel Developer Forum (IDF). This mobile computing platform for now can be loosely called a prelude to the successor of Centrino 2, it is codenamed Calpella.

The platform will be using dual-core and quad-core CPUs codenamed Auburndale and Clarksfield respectively. Intel set-up a Clarksfield validation platform with the mobile Nehalem in situ. The size of the active cooler explains a lot, and that's a quad-core chip we're talking about. It wouldn't be too far sighted telling that by this time, next year high-end laptops will be equipped with an 8-thread-capable Nehalem mobile CPU.

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5 Comments on Intel Demonstrates Centrino 3 Mobile Platform

This chipset cooler is small and passive. That's a good sign. The reason for the HUGE active cooler on the CPU (huge in laptop terms... LOL) is due to the CPU being pin compatible CPU but NOT a true Centrino 3 CPU. I'm sure the final Quad cores to go into laptops will be a different fab size and probably based on yet lower voltage/power design.
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It's lovely that it runs, but what exactly is supposed to be particularly impressive here? The HSF size isn't really all that surprising given how small most laptop coolers are to begin with, even on today's high-end dual-core and quad-core setups. Consider also that notebook designs pretty much always use radial fans, delivering a fraction of the airflow seen here. And we don't even know how fast or at what voltage that particular chip is running, so I wouldn't go making too many assumptions on its thermal efficiency just yet. Don't mean to rain on Intel's parade or anything, just saying...

And is it just me, or when you're demoing a notebook chipset, is it wise to be using both discrete graphics and storage controllers? Doesn't speak well of its onboard capabilities thusfar... I mean, the fact that they're even calling this a validation of a "mobile" chipset is a little unjustified.
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where the hell are my stars
looks like they still need some work considering its using an addon card for the hard drive....
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Theyve only just brought out Centrino 2 so id say theyll have plenty of time to work on it.
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WTF, Centrino 2 was released now this. What the hell are they planning, a terrible twosome for the computer world thats what!
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