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As of this moment, Intel's flagship mobile processor is its Core i7 2920XM CPU. This spunky slice of silicon sports Sandy Bridge DNA and comes clocked at 2.5GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) on each of its four cores for a total of eight processing threads. Built on a 32nm manufacturing process, the 2920XM features 8MB of cache and integrated graphics clocked at 650MHz, with the ability to Turbo up to 1300MHz. With eight months still left in the year, will Intel release a new top-end mobile chip in 2011?
According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, the likelihood of that happening isn't very high. Fudzilla says Intel plans to stick with the 2920XM as its fastest mobile part until at least the fourth quarter of 2011, and possibly into 2012.
Based on recently leaked roadmaps, Intel will replace this current generation of Sandy Bridge parts with its upcoming Ivy Bridge platform in the first half of 2012. If that's the case, it would make sense that the Core i7 2920XM remains Intel's flagship mobile part until the at least the end of the year.