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There are several Intel and AMD processors that can be used in current notebooks.

Current Processors

    Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile (Merom) - August 2006
    Next-generation dual-core 64-bit mobile processor based on the "Core" microarchitecture, 667MHz bus, 2MB (T5000 series) or 4MB (T7000 series) shared L2, max. TDP 34W. Part of the Centrino Duo package which includes the processor, the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG adapter, and a chipset from the 945 Express family.

    Intel Core Duo/Solo (Yonah) - January 2006
    Dual-core/single-core 32-bit mobile processor based on the Pentium M microarchitecture, 667MHz bus, 2MB shared L2, max. TDP 27-31W. Part of the Centrino Duo package which includes the processor, the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG adapter, and a chipset from the 945 Express family.

    Intel Pentium M (Dothan) - March 2003
    400MHz or 533MHz bus, 2MB, max. TDP 21-27W. Part of the Centrino package which includes the processor, the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG or 2915ABG adapter, and a chipset from the 855 or 915 family.

    Intel Celeron M (Yonah) - September 2006
    Same as Core Solo except with 1MB and 533MHz bus, max. TDP 27W. Lacks Enhanced SpeedStep Technology among other power-saving features. Not part of the Centrino package.

    AMD Turion 64 X2 - TL-series (Taylor) - May 2006
    Dual-core mobile 64-bit processor based on the successful K8 microarchitecture, Socket S1 (638), 256 or 512KB L2 cache, 1600 MHz HTT speed. TDP is 31W to 35W. Employs PowerNow! power management technology. Core can slow to 800MHz.

    AMD Turion 64 - ML and MT-series (Lancaster) - March 2005
    Socket 754, 512KB or 1MB cache, 1600 MHz HTT speed. Features x86-64 technology. TDP is 25W and 35W for MT and ML, respectively. Employs PowerNow! power management technology. Core can slow to 800MHz.

    Mobile AMD Sempron - Thin and Light, Full-Size - August 2004
    Socket 754, 128KB or 256KB, 1600 MHz HTT speed. TDP is 25W and 62W for Thin and Light and Full-Size, respectively. Employs PowerNow! power management technology. Core can slow to 800MHz.





Legacy Processors

    Intel Mobile Pentium 4-M
    400MHz bus, 512KB, max. TDP ~30-35W, no HTT. SpeedStep down to 1.2 GHz. Considered EOL at 2.6GHz as it is being transitioned to Pentium M.

    Intel Mobile Pentium 4
    533MHz bus, 512KB, max. TDP ~60-76W, HTT and non-HTT variants. A desktop-replacement (DTR) class processor. SpeedStep down to 1.6GHz.

    Prescott (90nm) variant of Mobile P4 increases L2 cache to 1MB. TDP has also increased to 88W. SpeedStep down to 1.86GHz.

    Intel Mobile Celeron
    400MHz bus, 256KB, max. TDP 30-35W. Similar to Mobile P4-M, but lacks features such as Enhanced SpeedStep Technology and Deeper Sleep.

    Intel Pentium M (Banias)
    400MHz bus, 1MB, max. TDP ~22-24.5 W. Part of the Centrino package which includes the processor, the Intel PRO/Wireless 2100- or 2200-series adapter, and a chipset from the 855 family. SpeedStep down to 600MHz.

    Intel Celeron M (Banias) - June 2004
    Same as Pentium M Banias except with 512KB, max. TDP 24.5W, and lacks Enhanced SpeedStep Technology among other power-saving features. Not part of the Centrino package.

    Intel Celeron M (Dothan) - August 2004
    Same as Pentium M Dothan except with 1MB and 400MHz bus, max. TDP 21-27W. Lacks Enhanced SpeedStep Technology among other power-saving features. Not part of the Centrino package.

    Mobile AMD Athlon 64 - Low-Power, Full-Size, DTR
    Socket 754, 512KB or 1MB, 1600 MHz HTT speed. TDP is 35W, 62W, 81.5W for Low-Power, Full-Size, and DTR respectively. Employs PowerNow! power management technology. Core can slow to 800MHz.



Manufacturers can also use desktop processors and they include:

Pentium 4, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2
Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, Athlon 64 FX
Celeron and Celeron D

*TDP = Thermal Design Power, or the nearly the maximum amount of heat a processor can dissipate.

**EOL = End-Of-Life (aka discontinued)


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last modified: 2006-09-15 23:02:41