Intel latest notebook roadmaps show that they will continue boosting the Pentium M. In the fourth quarter of this year Intel will launch the Pentium M 765 (2.10GHz), and during this quarter they are planning to launch the ultra low voltage 723 Pentium M. The 770, also planned for Q4 2004, will be a 2.13GHz 90nm model with 2MB cache, a 533MHz FSB, and it will include Execute Disable (XD) technology.
A new chipset for the notebook market will be the 915GMS Express chipset.
For its cut down Pentium M Celerons, expect to see speeds go up to 1.50GHz by Q1 next year. This will be the 370, which will use a 400MHz system bus and have a respectable 1MB of cache, along with the 360 (1.40GHz) and 370 (1.50GHz) Pentium Ms.
The last gasp of the Pentium 4Ms is probably early next year as well. The 558 (3.60GHz) uses a Prescott core, and will have a meg of L2 cache.
Beta versions of Linux drivers for the 802.11abg combo can be expected this quarter.
There don't appear to be many changes to pricing until October. Then, there's a spate of launches including the Dothan Js, which sport Execute Disable and some will have 533MHz front side buses. Like its desktop brethren, lead free availability is on target for the fourth quarter. Intel will offer XD and non-XD versions of these processors then.
As a comparison, while a 755 Pentium M costs around $640 now, by October that's likely to be only $420.
We're a little surprised Intel hasn't made more of a song and dance about the Dothan 90 nano 2MB cache processors, perhaps because it's July, everyone is beavering away ready for a new campaign.
Expect price cuts on the Pentium 4Ms in a big way on the 22nd of August, while Intel will adjust prices on other members of that family on the 18th of July - to wit the 518 and the 2.70GHz 533 512K models. The 552 comes towards the end of September.
Intel's 360 and 350 will launch at the end of August and be very competitively priced.