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Intel's July 23 launch schedule and price cuts for Core 2 Duo
Eight weeks until Intel's new architecture

Here are two launch dates you might want to put on your calendar, July 23 and July 11.  AMD will introduce its widely hyped LGA 1207-pin Socket on July 11, followed by Intel's shipments of its widely hyped Core 2 Duo Conroe processor on July 23 -- just in time for Kristopher's twenty-third birthday.

Conroe, now officially known as Core 2 Duo for desktops, is officially scheduled to ship on July 23.  Intel has already stated that the company plans for Conroe to account for 40% of its desktop sales by Q1'07 -- a massive undertaking for a completely new architecture.  The pricing for July 23 on Conroe is still exactly as we had published back in April.  Intel allowed some benchmarks of Conroe earlier this year, with reasonably favorable results. Intel has also put out an advisory saying it will aggressively sell its 9xx and 8xx dual-core processors between June 4, 2006 and July 23, 2006 in order to dump inventory before the Conroe launch.

With the Opteron Revision F launch, we will see the new processor cores Santa Ana and Santa RosaSanta Ana is actually a dual-core AM2 component targeted specifically for workstations and 1U servers, while Santa Rosa is an LGA-1207 dual-core Socket F processor.  There are no single-core Opteron Revision F processors.  Quad-core Revision G Opterons (Deerhound) are not anticipated for at least another year. 

AMD's new 1207-pin socket, dubbed Socket F, has made a few appearances on DailyTech already.  The socket will be AMD's first land-grid-array (LGA) socket using the same method of contact pads for the processor found on Intel LGA-775 and LGA-771 processors.  The retention clip is also a radical change for AMD.

Update 06/18/2006: Intel has pushed the official embargo of Conroe to July 27, 2006 (the shipment dates are still July 23), and AMD has moved the Socket F launch to August 1, 2006.

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By Viditor on 5/25/2006 7:33:45 PM , Rating: 2
Intel has already stated that the company plans for Conroe to account for 40% of its desktop sales by Q1'07

I believe that they meant 40% of their high-end sales, not all desktop sales. Please note that their are no Celerons in the graph...

RE: Correction
By lsman on 5/25/2006 9:34:26 PM , Rating: 2
No. I think they means 40% of shipment.
Intel said its the fastest ramp up chips in her history. (usually its 30% over 2Q)

the way they push P4 single core in $80 range.... who will buy the Celerons...

RE: Correction
By lsman on 5/25/2006 9:37:46 PM , Rating: 2
e.g. Price on July 23
820 $113 (price drop to $93 Q4)
805 $93
541 $84
524 $69

RE: Correction
By Viditor on 5/26/2006 4:29:30 AM , Rating: 2
No. I think they means 40% of shipment

If you look at the chart provided
It shows that the 40% is relative to P4 and Pentium D only...

RE: Correction
By Viditor on 5/26/2006 11:17:43 AM , Rating: 2
BTW...the reason I bring it up is that Celerons make up more than half of all desktop systems for Intel. That means (according to the chart) that Conroe will actually be closer to less than 20% of all desktop parts...

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