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Intel adds another socket to the lineup, 800MHz FSB notebook processors and much more
Intel just announced its plans through Q2'07 for mobile platforms. The new roadmap includes many details about the upcoming 65nm Merom
processor, also called Core 2 Duo for notebooks. Merom
, the successor to Yonah
, will come in two main waves, or "refreshes."
The first refresh, expected this August, will primarily be used for the Napa
Centrino platform already available. The second refresh of Merom
is slated for the Q2'07 launch
of Santa Rosa
Centrino -- the eventual successor of the Napa
Centrino platform. AMD is also using the Santa Rosa
code name, but for a completely unrelated Opteron Socket F processor due this July
. Intel first announced details of Santa Rosa
at the Intel Developer Forum this past March. Intel's roadmaps do not confirm the use of Robson
NAND technology, although it was outlined during the forum earlier this year.The initial batch of 65nm Merom processors, part of the Core 2 Duo family, will run on a 667MHz front side bus.
The second batch will use an 800MHz front side bus and another new socket design: Socket P. At the heart of this Santa Rosa platform is the Crestline
series core logics. Crestline
is essentially the same as Intel's 965 chipset, but specifically tailored for notebooks and low power applications. Like the 945 chipsets shipping in Napa platforms, Crestline
will have a "GM" and "PM" component; one for integrated graphics and one without, respectively.
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Intel partners have confirmed to us that the Merom processors will require a BIOS update for the notebook when upgrading from a Core Duo Yonah system.
Furthermore, Intel will still launch a Core Duo (Yonah
) CPU this June 25th with a 2.33GHz clock. Notebook manufacturers will continue to use Core Duo processors in notebooks even after Core 2 Duo's introduction.