News Bits: Intel Refresh Coming This Spring, MSI Wind Allows Overclocking

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Intel Montevina refresh coming this spring

Intel will update its current Centrino 2 “Montevina” platform this spring with new chipsets and two new processors. April will see the launch of the GM47 chipset for high-end notebooks and the GL43 for entry-level. July/August will see the launch of the next-generation Capella platform, which will use the GM55 chipset.

The two new processors launching with the Centrino 2 refresh are the Core 2 Duo T9900 and the P8800. Intel will introduce several new processors for the Montevina platform before the end of this year, including the Core 2 Quad Q9600, and Core 2 Duo T9800, T9550, P9600, P8700, SP9600, SL9600, and SU9600. In addition, we should also see entry-level Celeron T1700 and T1600 dual-core processors launched before the end of the year.

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MSI Wind BIOS update allows overclocking

MSI just released a BIOS 1.09 update for its Wind netbook. This BIOS allows users to easily overclock their Wind’s processors by pressing [Fn] + [F10] for an 8%, 15%, or 24% increase in clockspeed. A 24% overclock can reportedly yield up to a 30% performance increase over stock, which helps in processor-intensive applications such as Photoshop.

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Quanta to produce next-gen Intel Classmate PCs

According to a DigiTImes report, Quanta has reportedly landed orders from Intel for its next-generation Classmate PC. The new Classmate PCs will start shipping in the first quarter of 2009; shipment volume for 2009 is expected to be about two million units, up from 100,000 in 2007 and 500,000 in 2008.

Production of the current Intel Classmate will not stop with the introduction of the new version, and it will still be manufactured by Elitegroup Computer Systems.

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