Intel’s New Centrino Notebook Processor Further Delayed Until May

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Intel s mobile Dothan processor release has been pushed back into May from a revised schedule most recently slated for early February.  Originally, the Dothan processor was supposed to be released in October of 2003.

Whenever the Dothan is released it should come in two flavors, a 1.8GHz version and  1.9GHz, and then later on a 2.0GHz version will be added.  The Dothan processor should come equipped with a 2MB L2 cache, double the amount of the current Pentium M processors on the market that have a 1MB L2 cache.

Taiwanese laptop computer makers said they are somewhat uncertain exactly when Intel will start actually delivering the Dothan processors, but they have rescheduled their production lines for deliveries in May.  Many computer manufacturers have been forced to order more 1.4GHz Pentium 4 processors to place in notebooks while they wait on Dothan to be released.

Manufactures of notebooks believe that Intel is focusing its relatively limited 90nm capacity on the desktop-use Prescott processors, released just this week, in order to better compete with AMD s newly launched Athlon 64 3400+ processors for high-end desktop PCs. As noted in an earlier article on NotebookReview.com, some manufacturers will be releasing notebooks with the new Prescott processor on board.

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