Core 2 Duo Notebooks Available From Dell, Toshiba, Samsung and Alienware

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 08:35
Category: Intel

Intel yesterday announced their new Core 2 Duo mobile processor (a.k.a. Merom) and PC notebook manufacturers are already out of the gate with models utilizing the new chip. Suspiciously absent from the list is Apple, who may rev the MacBook and MBP as soon as 12 September (at Apple-Expo in Paris) or in the October/November time frame.

Now that Intel has officially launched its Core 2 Duo processors for mobile platforms, notebook manufacturers are scrambling to release new products based on the chip. Core 2 Duo processors bring 64-bit functionality to Intel’s mobile platform and all Core 2 Duo processors will feature virtualization technology.

Dell announced today that it is adding Core 2 Duo processor options to all of its mobile XPS systems and Precision mobile workstations. Dell will also make Core 2 Duo processors available on select Inspiron and Latitude models. The Core 2 Duo processors will be available in the low-end starting with the Inspiron E1705 at $1,124 going on up to the XPS M2010 which will start at $3,500 when configured with a Core 2 Duo processor.

DailyTech – Core 2 Notebooks on the Way

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Rumor of a Merom Refresh at WWDC

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Date: Thursday, August 3rd, 2006, 06:25
Category: Intel

They’re not sure if it’s going to be a new iMac or MacBook Pro but MacRumors has a page 2 story indicating that we could see a Merom refreshed Mac as soon as next week’s WWDC:

Also mentioned was a slight design update and Merom (Core 2 Duo Mobile) upgrade for one of Apple’s products. Currently, MacRumors believes this to be in reference to the MacBook Pro, however with iMac supplies dwindling at many retail locations, the possibility exists that it could also be the target of an upgrade.

Mac Rumors: WWDC Keynote Info? XServe, Mac Pro, Displays?

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Video: MacBook running Windows Vista with Aero Glass

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 22:31
Category: Intel

I missed this when it made the rounds about a month ago, but if you’re considering a MacBook this video is a good example of how Windows Vista Beta 2 performs on the MacBook’s shared GMA 950 graphics. (Spoiler: it runs pretty darned good!)

In previous articles, I said that Vista should run fine on the MacBook, even with its poor GMA 950 graphics. The Vista Beta 2 download was made public last week, and I finally got around to installing it on my MacBook. The full Aero Glass indeed does work fine on my 2.0 GHz Core Duo MacBook. Below is an H.264 Quicktime video (in two sizes) demonstating what Aero Glass looks like:

Everything Apple: Video: MacBook running Windows Vista with Aero Glass

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Startup key Combinations for Intel-based Macs

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 09:10
Category: Intel

 Although you probably know most of these already, it’s always good to review…

These are the startup key combinations you can use on Intel-based Macs:

Startup key combinations for Intel-based Macs

(Thanks Neal) 

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Intel Leaks New PowerMac Desktop Plans

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Date: Monday, April 24th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Intel

Intel’s Asia Pacific sales and marketing group general manager (John Antone) appears to have leaked that Apple’s Intel PowerMac desktopswill be launched in Q3 2006:

In the face of increased competition, not just from arch-rival AMD but also from upstarts like Nvidia and ATi, Intel has been forced into a complete turnabout regarding micro- processors.

The about-turn message was hammered home by Asia Pacific sales and marketing group general manager John Antone. It’s time Taiwanese manufacturers moved away from hot CPUs, running at multi-Gigahertz clock speeds, to the more computationally and power efficient designs developed in Israel that debuted in Intel’s Centrino notebook range, he says.

That transformation is now complete, and Intel wants the Taiwanese OEMs that dominate world electronics production to get ready for the Merom (mobile), Woodcrest (server) and Conroe (desktop) CPUs, which are all scheduled for commercial release this year…

Apple customers may be the first to enjoy Intel’s new CPU goodies, with the Woodcrest family of processors making it into Macintosh workstations as early as the third quarter. Woodcrest systems will be symmetric multi processing (SMP), with dual processors with up to four cores each. One such machine was demonstrated at IDF, running benchmarks under Windows XP 64-bit edition, showing eight active cores.

Computerworld > Forget hot and heavy, Intel’s new mantra is lean and mean

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Triple Booting a MacBook Pro

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Date: Sunday, April 16th, 2006, 20:25
Category: Intel

 TUAW has posted a link on how to triple boot a MacBook Pro into OS X, WinXP and Linux.

 Booting only two OSs on your MacBook Pro is, like, totally so last week.Aside from earlier reports, it apparently is possible to bring a third OS to the party, as OnMac.net has posted a how-to wiki for booting WinXP, Mac OS X and Linux on a MacBook Pro via Boot Camp (so far, this is untested on other Intel Macs).

Triple boot your MacBook Pro – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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Intel iMacs have Socketed CPUs

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Date: Tuesday, January 31st, 2006, 10:09
Category: Intel

intel-core-duo-chip.jpgOne of the most exciting developments in the announcement of the Intel Core Duo iMac (and it’s subsequent dissection) is that the CPU is socketed. This means that it isn’t soldered to the logic board like most Macintosh CPUs have been for years and can be upgraded.
In an article in the Japanese magazine MacFan a reader claims to have upgraded the processor in a 17-inch Intel iMac from 1.83GHz to 2.0GHz without issue.
Although it’s not yet cost effective to upgrade (the 2GHz T2500 chip costs over US$700 and the 2.16GHz T2600 chip costs almost US$800) it looks promising that Mac users will finally be able to buy CPU upgrades in the future.
The real question is whether or not the MacBook Pro will also ship with a socketed CPU? Please Apple, tell us it’s true!

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Intel Mac Benchmarks Suspect

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Date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2006, 10:09
Category: Intel

snail-inside.jpgI, probably like you, couldn’t re-load the Apple Store fast enough to place my order for a MacBook Pro after they were announced on 10 January 2006. But I have to admit to being concerned about the spate of reports that the Intel iMacs aren’t benchmarking anywhere near the advertised “twice as fast” promised by Apple.
A story on Gizmodo (via RegHardware and Macworld) claims that the new Intel iMacs are only about 25% faster than the G5 version when running non-native applications in the Rosetta emulator.
So does this mean that the MacBook Pro will only be 50% faster? Please, Steve, say it ain’t so! If the new MacBook’s aren’t anywhere near the “two to four times faster” than the PowerBook G4 (running native apps), be prepared for an angry mob of Macophiles with sticks and torches to march on Cupertino. And if the MBP battery won’t get through a full-length DVD on a charge matters will be even worse.

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Apple in the Way (Updated)

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Date: Friday, January 20th, 2006, 11:34
Category: Intel

It looks like my suspicions were correct, Apple didn’t put the Compatibility Support Module (CSM) into the final firmware for the iMac. If I had to suspect reasons why, it was probably to motivate Microsoft to continue supporting Mac versions of Office, and give them a market for Virtual PC.
Without CSM, the only future OS that’s going to run is Vista, and not until Beta 2 goes GM (EFI support is in the feature set, but the bootloader won’t have it until the last minute… if not later). The good news is that if Vista stays on-track, it should make it out about when MacBook Pros start arriving.
But, that said, Apple is clearly standing in the way of running Windows, Linux, or anything other than Mac OS on a Mac. There is no technical reason CSM cannot be in the firmware, and, Intel has said very publicly all Intel Chipset manufacturers (including Apple) have free access to CSM, and Intel will even custom-build CSM for a developer licensing a chipset.
Contributed by: Christopher Price.
UPDATE:
From the EFI Framework FAQ:
What is the Intel Platform Innovation Framework for EFI?
The Intel Platform Innovation Framework for EFI is new software code that allows BIOS vendors to replace the obsolete PC BIOS. It implements the EFI 1.1 interface. It provides the ability to add new features to the pre-boot environment, such as improved platform manageability, serviceability and recovery and improved administrative interfaces, which previously could not operate in the pre-boot environment. The Framework is a product-strength implementation of EFI that is an all-new firmware implementation for platforms all the way down to silicon. The Intel Platform Innovation Framework for EFI, the name of the product, is now Intel’s recommended implementation of the EFI Specification across all Intel Architectures.
Read more about the EFI Framework in this Intel FAQ.

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Core Duo and Battery Consumption

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Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2006, 23:57
Category: Intel

intel-core-duo-logo.gifFrom a mailing list posting by Jason Watkins, SAS Computing:

Here are some facts about “Core Duo” that may shed some light on the questions of battery consumption in the new MacBook Pro laptops.
“Yonah,” the code-name that Core Duo previously went under, features 151 million transistors on a single die, dual core chip. Each core is equipped with 2MB of L2 “smart” caches, which can be combined when only one core is in use (4MB L2 Cache!). To preserve processing efficiency, both of the core’s L1 cache is kept full of data, regardless of core usage.
Bus speeds range from 533MHz to 667MHz. Power consumption is said to be equal to its predecessor, Pentium M. Intel plans to close the book on the Pentium M, following the release of Core Duo processors. Data is moved in and out of the cores as quickly as possible, and L2 is then flushed to RAM. After that the cores can be shut down, saving power. Will we need RAM defragmenting utilities now?
Information was obtained from Intel, and Maximum PC Magazine.

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