Pentium M and Yonah Processors in Upcoming Macs?
With Apple's upcoming move to Intel-based processors in 2006, rumors and news about upcoming Intel processors will creep into Mac sites.
The Pentium M uses the same x86 architecture as the Pentium 4, but consumes far less power than Pentium 4 chips and its design philosophy is expected to be the model for Intel's future processors.
The high performance per watt ratio of the upcoming Pentium M falls in line with the features Steve Jobs cited as reasons for the switch from IBM's PowerPC processor.
eWeek provides some additional details and speculation about Intel processors.
The [Pentium M], which currently tops out at 2.13 GHz, typically performs as well or better than all but the fastest Pentium 4 chips, which clock in at 3.6GHz and 3.8GHz, even for applications such as computer-aided design, Intel and analysts say, while consuming roughly a quarter of the amount of power those chips use.
Of note, a higher performance Pentium M (Yonah), is reported to arrive later this year. The Yonah is reported to be a dual-core version of the Pentium M using a 65-nanometer process.
More details of the Yonah chip can be found in this article. Yonah will reportedly be the first mobile dual-core processor as well as the first processor manufactured in the 65-nm process.
For what it's worth, Digitimes is also claiming that Yonah will be used by Apple.
Ars provides speculation on possible time-line for Intel-Mac releases.