One of Ditigimes’ contacts has confirmed Intel’s roadmap, mobile price list and they especially mentioned the launch of the Core 2 Q9100 in the fourth quarter. Up until now, it was only a question of a single quad core Core 2, the QX9300, which would finally arrive in the third quarter.
The X9100 is also a Core 2 Extreme but it only has 2 cores and will be launched in June at the same time as the « Montevina » Centrino 2 platform. The Q9100’s specifications unfortunately were not revealed and we simply find out it will be launched for a more moderate price (for comparison the T9600 will be at $530).
Given the Core 2 Extreme’s characteristics, it’s impossible to say with certitude at this time if Intel will prefer to put the accent on cache (6 MB or 12 MB) or frequency (3060 MHz or less). Either way, the arrival of the first affordable quad core in notebooks before the holidays should make more than one person happy.