Intel Clarksfield Chips Could Launch Late Sept

According to Digitimes, Intel's next-generation chips for notebooks, codenamed Clarksfield, CPUs will debut around the end of September and October in the flavors of Core 2 Extreme XE at 2 GHz, Core 2 Quad P2 at 1.73 GHz and Core 2 Quad P1 at 1.6 GHz.

Of course, those names are subject to change, especially since Intel said that all Clarksfield mobile chips would carry the Core i7 moniker.

New Celeron chips for the mainstream ultra-thin and light segment for notebooks are also set for a late September debut.

The desktop-bound Lynnfield chips along with the P55 are supposed to be unveiled slightly ahead of the mobile versions.

As usual, Intel did not provide comment on the accuracy of the reports, but it won't be long before we find out.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • thiswillkillthat
    Intel loves screwing with people.
  • scook9
    i dont see this new core 2 extreme being a significant improvement over the qx9300, unless it is 32nm
  • apache_lives
    scook9i dont see this new core 2 extreme being a significant improvement over the qx9300, unless it is 32nm
    Lower clock speeds, higher IPC - its more evolution, rather then revolution.
  • Pei-chen
    thiswillkillthat, you don't like quad core on the notebook? If quad core notebook was affordable 8 months ago, I would have bought it instead of 2.4GHz C2D; it’s more future proof.
  • apache_lives
    any details about hyperthreading? - would be great aka 2 cores 4 threads, or 8 threads total on quads etc
  • captaincharisma
    well it wouldn't be that future proof unless it is a laptop that lets you switch out the GPU chip.
  • They often come up with inventions the customer rarely wants!
    Instead of investing in ways to increase battery life.
    I'd rather have a core2duo laptop that runs 5 hours on battery, than a corei7 that does the same, but can only run 2 hours at most.

    Besides, a clockspeed of 1,6Ghz could not really be called an improvement.
    My 3 year old laptop from 2006 runs at 1,66Ghz; I'd at least expected 1,8Ghz to be the lowest, 2Ghz the middle, and 2,4Ghz the higher end model!
  • fulle
    Besides obvious differences in architecture between something like a Pentium M @1.7GHz and a Clarksfield Quad Core at a similar speed, you should consider that it seems that Intel is adapting to a strategy where the processor may be at a modest clockspeed, but have an aggressive turbo mode. I could be mistaken, but I'd probably expect to see some kind of Lynfield-esk turbo mode present in Clarksfield, which would make the chips pretty adaptable as far as efficiency and performance is concerned... having potential to be a pretty decent step forward from the current mobile quad cores.
  • bk420
    thiswillkillthatIntel loves screwing with people.
    NO kidding, that't why you don't buy that junk. Intel fan boys will probably have to up grade the chipset to get the best performance.

    I'll stick with cheap'o AMD platform. Spend the savings on a bigger LED TV!
  • fulle
    Hey stupid Stoner,
    Do you upgrade the CPU in your Laptop periodically? No? Why are you talking about chipset upgrades? Oh, you didn't realize this was a news item about mobile CPUs? How embarrassing for you.

    You also left the O out of OLED. NO kidding.