Intel 'delays' Centrino 2 chipset

The Register is reporting that Intel has pushed the release of Centrino 2 back to 2005. The Centrino 2 'Sonoma' was previously reported to ship in autumn. Why Intel is pushing back "Sonoma" till 2005 is anyone's guess?

Intel has put back the release of Centrino 2 to 2005, unnamed sources from Taiwan's notebook manufacturing community have alleged. The second generation of the chip giant's thin'n'light notebook platform, codenamed 'Sonoma', was expected to ship this coming autumn, though Intel has never publicly narrowed the schedule beyond H2 2004.

Sonoma comprises the 90nm generation of the Pentium M processor, aka 'Dothan', along with the as-yet-unreleased 'Alviso' chipset. Alviso is essentially a mobile version of 'Grantsdale', the Pentium 4 chipset Intel is expected to launch formally on 21 June. It's Alviso that has been put back, the sources claim, according to a DigiTimes report. According to Intel, Alviso will increase the Pentium M's frontside bus speed to 533MHz, add support for DDR 2 SDRAM, PCI Express and Serial ATA, and incorporate Intel's Hi-Definition Audio and third-generation Media Graphics Accelerator 900 technology.

News source: The Register

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