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Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Maven1975, Mar 10, 2009.
Will we see the 2.0 and 2.26 in the Mini put in the Air soon?
Apparently there's a 2.13 GHz CPU suitable for the MacBook Air coming this spring, so we may see an update soon after.
The MacBook Air Rev B uses a different Low Voltage CPU. It's the SL9300 at 1.6 GHz, and SL9400 at 1.86 GHz. Both are Penryn but use a small form factor chip with same 45 NM technology but in different size... Basically it's called an SSF Penryn 45 NM 17V CPU.
The PROJECTED stated successor, assuming Apple sticks with this chip, is the SL9600. Was originally projected to be a 2.13 GHz, however, recent rumors state it's only going to be a 2 GHz CPU. And, the 1.86 should become the low end assuming Apple stays along same path. The new SL9600 WAS due out in April 2009, but lately I have heard NOTHING good coming from any Intel informational sources. I really don't know what's going on now.
However, I would say based on the MBA's success, and the Lenovo Low Voltage competitor, which also uses the SL9400 and SL9300, that Apple should stick with this series... So, I originally thought April or May would result in a new MBA with a 2+ GHz CPU... now, I think it will happen later since we don't have any new news. And haven't had news about it since October 2008.
If you comb through this chart it appears the SL9600 will be a 2 Ghz chip while the SL9400 slots in on the lower end during Q2 2009. Those are the processors we're likely to see in the next MBA refresh. I don't keep up very much on CPU updates so I don't know if that chart is reliable or not, but that's what it says.
Whether or not we'll actually see a MBA refresh anytime soon is debatable. I'm guessing we'll see a quiet refresh this summer to keep up with the ~10 month upgrade cycle, but Apple is known to be unpredictable so it could be earlier or it could be much later than that.