Intel to change processor naming for Montevina platform
Intel will change its naming scheme for mobile CPUs arriving with the Montevina notebook platform later this year. Montevina is the replacement for the current Santa Rosa platform. In addition to the T series processors, a P series and an S series will be added which will have lower TDP ratings. The T series will have a TDP rating of 30-39W, while the P will have a lesser TDP of 20-29W. The S series will be comprised of three segments: the SP, SL, and SU, which have TDPs of 20-29W, 12-19W, and less than or equal to 11.9W respectively. They will have a smaller package size to fit in smaller designs.
In Q3 2008, Intel is planning to launch a quad-core notebook processor.
Gateway P-16831FX with 8800M-GTS impressions posted
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Forum member bwhxeon managed to snag a Gateway P-16831FX gaming notebook earlier than the laptop’s planned release date. It features a 17" widescreen display, Core 2 Duo processor, and a powerful Nvidia GeForce 8800M-GTS graphics card. The notebook retails for a relatively low $1,349.99 at Best Buy. Please see the full impressions thread in the forum for more benchmarks and pictures.
OLPC spin-out company to create $75 laptop
A new venture formed by former CTO of OLPC, Mary Lou Jepsen, plans to create a $75 laptop. Jepsen left OLPC to commercialize technologies she developed with OLPC. She is quoted as saying, "Spinning out from OLPC enables the development of a new machine, beyond the XO [laptop], while leveraging a larger market for new technologies." The company will work with OLPC and will be for-profit.
Sager NP5793 introduced, supports 8800M-GTX and Penryn Extreme
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Sager has refreshed their NP5792 17-inch gaming notebook with the NP5793, featuring a refreshed outer body and beefed up cooling system to handle the Nvidia GeForce 8800M-GTX and the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor. The bottom of the case and the heatsink have been revised to support the mobile Extreme processors, which allow overclocking. The Intel Core 2 Extreme X9000, which runs at 2.8GHz stock, can be overclocked to 3.0GHz and 3.2GHz in the BIOS.
Sager will start accepting pre-orders for systems with the X9000 CPU once an ETA is provided by Intel distributors. In other news, Sager has the new Intel Penryn Core 2 Duo T8100/ T8300/ T9300/ T9500 processors in stock and will start shipping notebooks with them to customers on Monday, Jan 14. Please see the full thread in the forums for more information.
OLPC says Intel is welcome to come back
The One Laptop Per Child foundation said it would welcome Intel back. Intel left the OLPC on Jan. 3 after the companies were not able to settle "philosophical differences". Nicholas Negroponte, founder of OLPC, said in a statement "It was very unfortunate what happened with Intel, and I hope there’s a way of rebuilding it in the future because there’s no interest in OLPC pushing Intel out. It just is not in our interest. Our goal is to get this to as many children as possible." Intel manager Agnes Kwan said Intel would be willing to talk with OLPC, but noted that the two firms broke up because of differences that have not yet been resolved.