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First Centrino 2 Notebook Announced


Nepean (ON) - Canadian notebook manufacturer Eurocom is, at least to our knowledge, the first company to announce the specifications of a system based on Intel’s Montevina platform, which is expected to debut as Centrino 2 next month. The notebook, which can either be used as a gaming notebook or a mobile workstation, can be equipped with up to 8 GB of memory and two new pricey quad-core processors.

It has not really been a secret that Intel is gearing up to launch its new Montevina platform at the upcoming Computex tradeshow and one more indication that this will indeed be the case is Eurocom’s Montebello notebook, which the manufacturer says will be available in June. The new device comes with a truckload of features, albeit its 7-pound weight almost seems to be lightweight compared to the company’s 11+ pound workstation notebooks.

Eurocom will offer the Montebello with all seven Montevina processors, a Penryn-based 45 nm processor with support for FSB1066 and equipped with up to 840 million transistors in quad-core versions. Especially interesting are the two flagship processors of the lineup, the Core 2 Extreme X9100 (3.06 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache) as well as the Core 2 Extreme QX9300 (2.53 GHz, 12 MB L2 cache). While the mainstream Montevina processors ( 2.26 - 2.8 GHz, models P8400 - T9600) are rated at a power consumption of 35 watts, the Extreme versions are rated at just 44 watts and 45 watts, respectively, which is a remarkable achievement given the performance capabilities of these processors.

However, owning such a processor comes at a price: The X9100 will list for a tray price of $851 and the QX9300 for $1038, which translates the most expensive mobile processor Intel ever offered. The X9100 made headlines last month when a CPU with very similar specifications surfaced as part of Apple’s annual iMac update. That CPU’s specifications are identical with the X9100 with the exception of the thermal design power rating, which is 55 watts, according to Intel. Intel told us that the iMac processor is a "special SKU" of its Penryn processor.

Part of the Montevina introduction is also the Cantiga chipset as well as the EchoPeak Wi-Fi/WiMax chipset, both of which will be offered for the Montebello notebook. Eurocom said that the notebook will also be available with up to 8 GB of DDR3-1333 memory, up to 320 GB of hard disk space, a 1 GB Geforce "98xx GTX" graphics chip, a Blu-ray drive, as well as a 15.4" screen capable of displaying a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels.

Pricing has not been announced.