I'm traveling more and more and wind up doing more work (and prep) on planes and was wondering if any of the new Penryn based laptops will allow us to address > 4GB. I know it seems silly, but 8 VMs are RAM hungry!
It's all limited by the chipset. The current best chipset offered on Intel based units it the PM965 and it only supports a max of 4gbs. I believe the AMD chipsets are the same way. Sorry, but I think you are short on luck.
Yeah the Intel site is where I got my info from. Not sure when/ if Intel will release a new chipset since the 965 is fairly new (summer 07). Possibly with the upcoming Clarksfield and Auburndale CPUs in 2009.
From looking around, I doubt it will. It looks like it's 3 biggest upgrades will be a higher FSB (1067), DDR3 support (probably enthusiast level only) and the new wirelss module named "shiloh" which I know nothing about.
As a side note, I want a Penryn!
edit: looking at the two articles I read about it, Montevina was supposed to be released at the end of 07. Is it already in use or was it canceled/delayed? Anyone know?