Intel's Custom Processor for MacBook Air

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Anandtech pieces together what processor Apple is using from Intel for the new MacBook Air, and concludes that Intel did provide Apple with a custom solution to be able to launch the thin laptop.
    The details of the processor technology may not be of interest to most, but that Intel would take special steps to accommodate Apple is interesting. In the past, Apple has previously gained early access to certain Intel processors for use in its mac pro.

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  2. 4God macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac
    Wow, what a great relationship Apple and Intel have! This is great for the future of Apple's dedicated creative consumer base.
  3. Shacklebolt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2004
    Hehe... I wonder how hot the thing is going to run.
  4. kjohn101 macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    Seattle, WA, USA
    The 2nd half of 2008? I sure hope Intel and Apple's relationship is good enough to deliver a new MBP sooner than that!
  5. shawnce macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2004
    The strange thing is Apple's MBA developer tech note implies the processor has SSE4. If that is true this isn't a Merom based part. However the document doesn't seem self consistent ("SSSE4" for example) so I reported this to Apple... lets see if they correct the document. It seems like they lifted text from the Mac Pro tech-note but forgot to remove aspects of it that aren't correct and/or lifted text from a MBP tech-note, etc.

  6. jnc macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2007
    Nunya, Business TX
    Coming soon - permanent "intel inside" motifs on the new MacBook Pros. :D
  7. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    yes it is great. looks like an upgrade to the macbook air at the end of this year also.
  8. Rocketman macrumors 603


    I agree the custom service is a notable asset to both firms. It also bodes well for iPhone 2!

  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    SSSE4 is looking more like a typo. It's more then likely a Merom now.
  10. shawnce macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2004
    Actually I believe Montevina is targeted for May which isn't 2nd half 08. Note some mobile Penryns are "available" now (announced Jan 6th) while more will come out in May (higher clocked parts) along with the Montevina platform (depend on).

    Yeah it is a typo but did they mean to type SSE4 or SSSE3 (the later is the SSE3 supplemental extension added in the Merom). Note the block of text also states SSE 1, 2, 3, and 4 but that blocks looks like text from the Mac Pro tech note.

    /me confused
  11. LizKat macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    Wondering that was one reason I went for the SSD config. Should help some. Otherwise I guess it can double as a tortilla griddle.
  12. rezonat0r macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
    I'm sort of surprised it doesn't use underclocked 45nm Penryns, but I guess Intel wasn't far enough along with Penryn in time for MWSF. Oh well, there's always the 2nd gen...
  13. em500 macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2005
    The MBP will likely get Penryn CPUs as soon as they are available (probably in a few weeks, but there are reports that Intel has postponed them due to bugs). They'll go on the the same Santa Rosa chipset as the current Meroms. The Montevina chipset is scheduled to replace Santa Rosa in May.
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I feel the same way. We'll just need to wait for someone to install Windows on it so we can learn every little thing about it.
  15. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    Anandtech doesn't seem to have any special sources and is mostly doing guesswork. At this point, I'd have to assume the Apple Tech Note is correct and that it does support SSE4, making it some kind of proto-penryn.
  16. Bababasjd macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2007
    People it is all money. You think intel did this because they like apples shiny new products?? Apple must ahve paid and I mean paid some serious cahs millions and millions for intel to do this.
  17. TimJim macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    I love Intel and i love Apple
    and I love that they love each other :D
  18. Cloudane macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2007
    Sweet Apple Acres
    It should actually run at the same temp I think, as it's exactly the same die just on a smaller package.

    I wonder how much it cost them to develop.. hopefully they'll find another use for it rather than just suffering from the Air's reasonably likely flop.
  19. MrCrowbar macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    Maybe the Air will get a serious price drop like the iPhone?
    For $900, I would actually buy one.

    Still, knowing Apple has leverage to make pressure on Intel, that's going to be great for us customers. Now get those silicon batteries going and SSD cheaper and on a few years, you got some damn fine mobile computer.
  20. coolant113 macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2007
    New Jersey
    looks like intel is favoring the apple market over the pc market lately... i hope that intel continues there relationship with apple... maybe there will start to be exclusive apple chips to come:apple::apple:
  21. freiheit macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2004
    Ever since Dell started using (some) AMD chips, Apple is the last big all-Intel maker. I'm sure this fact is not lost on Intel.
  22. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    I love the MBA and am sick of all the whiners. It's a winner!
  23. me17213 macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    I got a treat last night in listening to Intel's Enterprise Director. He basically told us that all the stuff we are seeing from Intel right now dealing with Apple is nothing new, it's all current technology that Intel already had. Then he got really excited and told us that the stuff they have been working on from the ground up with Apple is what will blow people's minds. He had a sly grin for a moment that was a little bit like a kid in a candy shop kind of look.

    Basically, I'm buying lots of stock right now.
  24. shawnce macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2004
    Given the information in the tech note about the chipset and processor features I believe Anandtech is correct that this is Merom based and Apple's tech note has some incorrect information mixed into it.

    Same temp as what? These run a lower clock and voltage then the processors used in Apple's other laptops. As a result they have a lower thermal output despite any packaging used.

    The packaging is likely what was planned for the small form factor Penryns planned for 2H 2008.
  25. andrewag macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2005
    Intel seem to do anything to please Apple these days. It's somewhat strange...

    Maybe they just want to make sure Apple don't move to AMD since Apple's brand is helping push Intel?

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