Mobile Penryn in 2008
Hitting shelves in May, Santa Rosa offers many new unique features for the mobile market including, Dynamic Acceleration, which raises the clock speed of one processor core above the guaranteed frequency level when the other core has powered down. This feature is currently unknown to existing Centrino platforms.
Even before Santa Rosa’s launch Intel is already looking toward the future announcing a mobile version of its upcoming Penryn core. Penryn is a 45nm quad core solution which is to be released for desktops toward the end of the year. In the first half of 2008 Penryn will find its way into a notebook and be the first 45nm mobile quad core processor
The quad-core mobile chip will likely be different in some way from Intel’s current desktop and server quad-core chips, which strap together two dual-core dies inside a single chip package, but Eden did not offer details. One possibility is the release of a quad-core chip on a single silicon die — something that Intel has hinted will come in the future, but has so far not discussed in concrete product terms.
Mooly Eden, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s mobile platform group said “You’ll see it at the high-end, but I don’t see it running so fast into the mainstream because I don’t believe there will be enough threaded applications that will justify the tradeoffs”