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Web page listing the November 11 date for "Penryn" no longer available for public viewing

DailyTech previously reported Intel officially set the launch date for its Penryn-based quad-core Intel Xeon processors for November 11. The date popped up on Intel’s reseller webpage and fully accessible to the public. However, since the original article the page is no longer available for public viewing.

It would appear someone accidentally made the web page available to the public, unintentionally. Trying to access the link now sends you to a login page for resellers only – locked away in the depths of Intel’s secret reseller society.

Intel Insiders kindly pointed out something we failed to mention – November 11 is a Sunday. Intel typically announces products on a Monday at midnight EST. However, the posted dates stated the date for a price move. There are a couple plausible scenarios for the November 11 date, because it is on the reseller webpage.

Firstly, the launch announcement could simply be on November 12 and not 11. November 11 could simply be the day manufacturers and resellers can list the new Penryns in their system and for sale. This seems quite plausible, as Intel products occasionally show up in retail before the official launch announcement, example being the P35 Express. Intel typically reserves Sundays for price cuts. However, since the Penryn is essentially brand new in Q4’07, I highly doubt Intel plans to cut the prices so soon.

Another plausible scenario for the November 11 date is Intel plans to start taking orders for Penryn quad-core Xeon processors on that day. This would give retailers a chance to stock up on processors for a hard launch a couple weeks later. Even if this was the case, the official launch date should not be too far off from November 11.

Launch date aside, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Intel offering members of the press benchmarking time at the Intel Developer Forum 2007.

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This isn't the first time....
By danz32 on 8/18/2007 12:11:39 PM , Rating: 4

They released a processor on Easter Sunday (maybe to show the Core 2 Extreme is the second coming of Jesus?) would think if you were releasing a major processor launch you would want to get the most press coverage, which isn't on a Sunday

By KristopherKubicki on 8/18/2007 7:14:16 PM , Rating: 4
Most media doesn't work on Sunday. Sunday launches actually maximize exposure because you get the Asia coverage for Monday morning due to the time difference.

Maybe it is a price cut
By HaZaRd2K6 on 8/18/2007 7:58:05 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't it stand to reason that Intel would cut the prices of the old Conroe and Kentsfield parts when the release of Penryn is finally upon us? You said in the article that Intel usually saves price cuts for Sundays and November 11th is a Sunday. So maybe they have a price cut coming on the old Core 2 Duos before the new ones hit the market (akin to what they did with the July 22 price cut before the new 1333MHz bus steppings hit the market).

Just a thought.

Well, duh......
By marvdmartian on 8/24/2007 11:06:03 AM , Rating: 2
I mean, come on.......

You don't really think you can get into an Intel reseller page without doing the following, do you??

1. Show your Intel reseller decoder ring
2. Prove you know the Intel reseller top-secret handshake, and
3. Sing the "Why I love Intel" fight song,
I won't use AMD, they can go to hell!!
I'll only ever, ever buy INTEL!!!

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