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Intel's roadmap adds more quad-core and value dual-core in the pipeline

It’s been a while since Intel last made notable updates to its desktop processor roadmap. Last month DailyTech revealed Intel is expected to launch a variety of new Core 2 Duo and Pentium E 2100 processors including refreshed Conroe based products next year. Intel’s latest desktop roadmap reveals more new processors and removes some previously reported models.

Intel Core 2 Quad
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
FSB Pricing
Q6600 2.40 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz
$851
Q6400 2.13 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz
NA

Intel is expected to release its first mainstream quad-core Core 2 Quad Q6600 early next year. The processor is still on track for a Q1’2007 launch with an $851 per-unit in 1,000 unit quantities price tag. While this may seem a bit steep, Intel is expected to cut the price of the Core 2 Quad 6600 down to $530 per-unit in 1,000 unit quantities when Q2’2007 rolls around.

The Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 won’t be the only one in the Core 2 Quad family though. Somewhere between Q2’2007 to Q3’2007 Intel will add one more member to its Core 2 Quad family. This will arrive as the Core 2 Quad Q6400. The Core 2 Quad Q6400 will be clocked at 2.13 GHz and operate on a 1066 MHz front-side bus. It will have an 8MB L2 cache with support for Intel VT, Enhanced Intel Speedstep, Intel EM64T and NX bit technologies.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6xxx
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
FSB Q2'07
Pricing
E6850 3.0 GHz 4MB 1333 MHz
N/A
E6750 2.66 GHz 4MB 1333 MHz
N/A
E6700 2.66 GHz 4MB 1066 MHz
$316
E6600 2.40 GHz 4MB 1066 MHz
$224
E6550 2.33 GHz 4MB 1333 MHz
N/A
E6420 2.13 GHz 4MB 1066 MHz
$183
E6400 2.13 GHz 2MB 1066 MHz
$183
E6320 1.86 GHz 4MB 1066 MHz
$163
E6300 1.86 GHz 2MB 1066 MHz
$163

Moving onto the dual-core product roadmap Intel has made a few changes to its latest roadmap. Gone from the latest roadmap is the Core 2 Duo E6390 which was essentially a Core 2 Duo E6400 with Intel VT and vPro extensions disabled. The previously reported Intel Core 2 Duo E6650 has been renamed in the latest roadmap. The latest roadmap has renamed the Core 2 Duo E6650 to Core 2 Duo E6550. Aside from the naming changes it remains a 1333 MHz front-side bus processor clocked at 2.33 GHz.

Previous roadmaps have indicated that 3.0 GHz Core 2 Duo processors will be available next year as well. Currently, this remains unchanged.

New to this roadmap are new Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 and E6320 processors. These processors are clocked at 2.13 GHz and 1.86 GHz like the Core 2 Duo E6400 and E6300. However, the Core 2 Duo E6420 and E6320 will have 4MB of L2 cache instead of the 2MB found on the Core 2 Duo E6400 and E6300. The two processors are expected to launch in Q2’2007. Pricing for the Core 2 Duo E6420 and E6320 will be $183 and $163 in 1,000 unit quantities respectively.

Intel Core 2 Duo E4xxx
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
FSB Q2'07
Pricing
E4400 2.00 GHz 2MB 800 MHz
$133
E4300 1.80 GHz 2MB 800 MHz
$113

Since the Core 2 Duo E6420 and E6320 are endowed with 4MB of L2 cache this leaves room for the new Core 2 Duo E4x00 series processors. It was previously reported the Core 2 Duo E4x00 series was expected to have two models—the Core 2 Duo 4400 and 4200. However the roadmap has changed and the Core 2 Duo E4200 has been scrapped. Nevertheless in place of the Core 2 Duo E4200 is a new E4300. The Core 2 Duo E4300 is clocked at 1.8 GHz on an 800 MHz front-side bus. It’s expected to launch late January with pricing starting at $163 in 1,000 unit quantities. The Core 2 Duo E4300 is expected to have a one year life cycle with a product discontinuance notice expected in Q4’2007 and reach end-of-life in Q1’2008.

Joining the Core 2 Duo E4300 will be the Core 2 Duo E4400. The Core 2 Duo E4400 is expected to arrive in Q2’2007. It will be clocked at 2.0 GHz and priced at $133 in 1,000 unit quantities. With the launch of the Core 2 Duo E4300 in Q2’2007, Intel is expected to slash prices on the Core 2 Duo E4300 down to $113 in 1,000 unit quantities.


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Confusion
By Tater Salad on 12/19/2006 5:51:56 PM , Rating: 5
My brain hurts.




RE: Confusion
By Nightmare225 on 12/19/2006 5:54:59 PM , Rating: 1
Why all the different models? I thought their current line-up was sufficient and uncluttered.

QX6700-Ultimate Enthusiasts CPU
E6700, E6600 - Serious Gamer
E6400 - Performance User
E6300 - High Performance Business/Budget Solution

It really doesn't need to be more complicated.


RE: Confusion
By cochy on 12/19/2006 6:31:05 PM , Rating: 5
Well yes. More value based Core 2 Duos (Allendale). Nothing wrong with adding more value options for the budget shopper.


RE: Confusion
By Goty on 12/19/2006 8:16:03 PM , Rating: 2
Allendale is supposedly nothing more than Conroe with the power cut to the non-funtional part of the cache (i.e. the other 2MB).


RE: Confusion
By Russell on 12/19/2006 9:11:26 PM , Rating: 2
Incorrect. Allendale is a separate core that is designed with only 2MB of cache. It does not have disabled cache.


RE: Confusion
By Goty on 12/19/06, Rating: 0
RE: Confusion
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 12/19/2006 11:25:38 PM , Rating: 1
We linked to the older article here:
http://dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=4589

But I went back and added the already announced stuff about an hour after the article went up.


RE: Confusion
By VooDooAddict on 12/20/2006 12:18:25 PM , Rating: 1
I thought it also cut the VT functions.


RE: Confusion
By dgrady76 on 12/19/2006 10:22:52 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. An appropriatley named and structured product line just makes it easier for the end user to buy your product.

This problem seems to be industry-wide. It doesn't make sense, because the marketing folk work for the engineers, not the other way around.


RE: Confusion
By Spoelie on 12/21/2006 12:51:40 PM , Rating: 2
what, you'd rather have the engineers working for the marketing folk? That happened before, it was called the Pentium 4.

What we need is a marketing department with common sense, that's all.


RE: Confusion
By iwod on 12/20/2006 1:23:48 AM , Rating: 2
I think the confusion is mainly caused by people reading too much into pre release info and roadmap. They are always going to change and therefore not final decision.

If you forget the old roadmap and this new updated roadmap is pretty simple to me.

Basically all E6xxx series get 4MB Cache, 1066 or 1333MHz FSb
E4xxx Series get 2MB Cache and 800MHZ FSB ( Are they suppose to have VM features? )

Qxxx means quad core.

Now the remaining problem is the low end, Celeron? Pentium E ? Core based or still Netburst? I dont think Intel has figure it out yet.


RE: Confusion
By regnez on 12/20/2006 9:26:12 AM , Rating: 2
Not that I ever promote spamming, but this article:

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2006/12/19/Core_2_Duo...

is much more clear on exactly what is going to happen Q2 '07.


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