The Core 2 Duo T7700, T7500 and L7500 laptop processors will have, like the Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Core 2 E6x50, a stepping G0 from the 27th of July for the first two processors and the 10th of August for the third one. However, the new stepping will not lead to a reduction of the dissipation like the desktop processors. We noted thought that Intel said that the stepping G0 will bring some modifications to improve the increase in frequency.
Aware of the serious increase in costs of the upgrade to 32nm, IMB, Chartered Semiconductor, Samsung, Infineon and Freescale Semiconductor have signed an agreement for the development of this new fabrication process and the production of circuits using it.
The partners clearly announced that their objective was to reduced costs and keep the level of complexity as low as possible while being at the forefront of research. The results of the R&D will allow the volume production of circuits using the 32 nm fabrication process while keeping an acceptable break-even point.