Intel recently unveiled a new chip in its Core 2 Quad family, but with reduced price-tag. As the latest quad core chip costs significantly less than traditional quad core processors, we’ll see many notebooks boasting power of four cores. Here’s the comparison based on pricing: the Q9000 processor is listed at $348, while the QX9300 mobile quad-core processor costs $1,038, and the Q9100 costs $851. The effect of reduced pricing is already seen. Just yesterday Acer came out with a media notebook based on the latest Intel Q9000 chip. The Acer 8930G starts at $1800 with extreme specification.
Getting back to Intel, the Q9000 processor runs at 2.53GHz and provides 6MB of cache.
Intel also released other mobile processors: the 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo T9800 ($530), 2.66GHz T9550 ($316), 2.66GHz P9600 ($348), and 2.53GHz P8700 ($241).