The acceleration of certain tech companies is getting a little silly, especially this last few months.  nVIDIA kicked it off by obsoleting some of their own cards, I suppose because AMD/ATI didn’t look like they would be offering competition.  The new and improved 8800 GTS as well as the 8800 GT have annoyed more than a few people who bought one of the 640MB versions, as well as vendors.  The owners have seen their stock of original GTS’s sit on their shelves because only the unwary or ignorant are going to buy one now; the owners get to see cheaper cards outperforming theirs, and good luck picking up a second one for SLI. 

Intel just couldn’t resist the temptation, and did the exact same thing with their chipsets, trumping the newly released P35 with the X38 and X48, and now vendors are stuck with stock they are going to have trouble moving.  It’s not like P35 based boards were cheap, so selling them at a discount will hurt their bottom line.  Now, with the new Santa Rosa Centrino line celebrating it’s 9th day of official existence DigiTimes discovers that Intel has fifteen 45nm notebook CPUs that they plan to reveal in May, for the upcoming Centrino platform called Montevina.

If you were a notebook maker, or a store that sold them, would you even consider buying a lot of Santa Rosa based Centrino branded laptops?

“Intel will launch seven CPUs with a typical package size of 35mm squared for notebooks. The CPUs include: Core 2 Extreme QX9300 with 12MB L2 cache and TDP of 45W, (the core frequency of this model has not yet been set), Core 2 Extreme X9100 with a core frequency of 3.06GHz, 6MB L2 cache and TDP of 44W, Core 2 Duo T9600 (2.8GHz, 6MB and 35W), T9400 (2.53GHz, 6MB and 35W), P9500 (2.53GHz, 6MB and 25W), P8600 (2.4GHz, 3MB and 25W), and P8400 (2.26GHz, 3MB and 25W), noted the sources. All the CPUs will support a 1066MHz FSB.

The company will also launch eight CPUs with a package size of 22mm squared. These will include: SP9400 with a core frequency of 2.4GHz, 6MB L2 cache and TDP of 25W, SP9300 (2.26GHz, 6MB and 25W), SL9400 (1.86GHz, 6MB and 17W), SL9300 (1.6GHz, 6MB and 17W), SU9400 (1.4GHz, 3MB and 10W), SU9300 (1.2GHz, 3MB and 10W), U3300 (1.2GHz, 3MB and 5.5W), and Celeron 723 (1.2GHz, 1MB and 10W). The CPUs with a TDP less or equal to 10W will support FSB speeds up to 800MHz while the rest will support up to 1066MHz.”

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