Puma will arrive first, we reckon, with Centrino 2 following in August, after unexpected delays due to certification problems.
Centrino 2's later-than-expected showing to market didn't deter Gigabyte from demonstrating its W576V laptop on pre-show day at COMPUTEX 2008, held in Taipei, Taiwan.
Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 Penryn-based CPU - clocked in at 2.4GHz - with graphics support from an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M discrete GPU, the Gigabyte notebook isn't quite a fully-fledged Centrino 2; it utilises a Realtek WiFi card rather than Intel's, whose certification appears to be the main culprit in delaying the launch of the platform.
The laptop's 15.4in screen ships with a lowly 1,280x800 resolution, so the GeForce graphics card should have enough grunt to enable high-quality gaming at the native resolution.
Ubiquitous DDR2 is used instead of expensive DDR3, which is also supported by the Montevina platform. No word on pricing or availability, but Centrino 2 should be a straightforward upgrade from most laptop manufacturers currently producing Centrino (Santa Rosa refresh) SKUs.
The new PM45 chipset, sans integrated graphics in this case, is the beating heart of Centrino 2.