First Core i7 processors targeted for high-performance desktop systems and based on the new Nehalem micro-architecture will be announced this November. However, their mobile analogues should start conquering the market much later. The future mobile platform that will use new processor architecture is scheduled to be announced only in 2009. Today it is referred to as Calpella.
The main peculiarity of this platform will be transition from triple-chip to dual-chip design. The CPU of the new platform will be responsible for the memory controller and PCI Express x16 graphics bus. As for the Ibex Peak-M chipset, it will implement only I/O functionality.
Of course, the main heroes of the Calpella platform will be new processors based on next generation Nehalem micro-architecture. Intel anticipates to introduce two modifications of these mobile processors: quad-core Clarksfield and dual-core Auburndale. These two CPUs will differ not only by the number of processor cores. Mainstream Auburndale processor will have an integrated graphics core with increased graphics performance, advanced HD visual capabilities and integrated HDMI and DisplayPort support.
The top of the line Clarksfield will have up to 8MB of Intel Smart Cache, integrated memory controller supporting dual-channel DDR3-1333 and support discrete graphics (one or two cards). Auburndale’s cache will be 4MB big, but it will have full support for dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM. The processor will have integrated graphics core and allow one add-on graphics card. Both CPUs will support Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading technologies.
Besides the performance growth, the new platform will offer new features, such as Anti-Theft Technology and Remote PC Assist Technology, that will diagnose, heal, and manage customer’s home computers remotely over the internet. Besides, Intel promises to implement integrated Fast Flash NAND controller and achieve overall better energy efficiency in the new platform. The upcoming platform will also acquire a new wireless WiFi/WiMAX adapter and Gigabit Ethernet controller.