[IDF]Centrino 5 Explored

Last year, the IDF was Intel’s opportunity to reveal all the details of its Santa Rosa Centrino, which was nearly 8 months from launch. Unfortunately, Dadi Perlmutter was a man of relatively few words this year; there are still many shaded areas on the future Centrino 5, though there were a few interesting details revealed today.

The main feature emphasised concerns over the reduction of the physical size of the platform’s elements. Intel insisted that miniaturisation came first, keeping in mind that the biggest difference between the successive evolutions of laptops so far has been size.

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Intel has worked hard on the size of the packing of its chips in order to effectively reduce the size of the CPU and the chipset once integrated in a laptop, without too much risk to the processor. The following comparative photo is far more eloquent than description.

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Finally, Intel boasts an average reduction of 50% in the size of its components. This improvement will be bolstered by a reduction of the overall power consumption of the platform thanks largely to the arrival of a new derivative positioned at a TDP of 25 W.

This Montevina platform will only arrive in mid-2008, Intel would have taken care to update the current Santa Rosa via the replacement of the Merom FSB 800 MHz by Penryn. This evolution will however come a little later, with laptops first in line to benefit.

Desktops on the other hand, will have to wait until around January of 2008, which is something of a disappointment. While quite predictable and beneficial, it won’t translate into a simple increase in FSB and power consumption (like the previous refreshes of the Centrino), but will instead represent an improved performance/power consumption ratio, perhaps even lowering consumption (though that has yet to be confirmed).


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