27 January 2009
Hoping to not go in the red this quarter, chip maker Intel has revealed its plan to introduce a new revision of its cheapest 45nm quad-core CPU, the Q8200. Currently available in M1 form, the Core 2 Quad Q8200 will transition to the R0 stepping next month, with the new parts set to start shipping on February 23rd.
The R0 Q8200 will feature a halide free package, new S-spec and MM numbers, a CPUID changed from 10677 to 1067A, Power State Indicator (PSI) support with Intel 4 series chipsets, plus three new low power states (Extended Stop Grant State, Deep Sleep State and Deeper Sleep State) and new instructions - XSAVE/XRSTOR. No word on the need for a BIOS update but it's likely that one will be required.