New Core 2 Processors Around the Corner
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December 19, 2006 12:28 PM
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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
revealed Intel is expected to launch a variety of new Core 2 Duo and Pentium E 2100 processors
based products next year
. Intel’s latest desktop roadmap reveals more new processors and removes some previously reported models.
Intel Core 2 Quad
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
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
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
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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I love it.
12/20/2006 12:12:16 AM
Can you really complain about having more options??? I do realize that it does make things more complicated in a sense, but I'd rather have choices than not have choices, even if there were a few choices to begin with. By covering a whole range of price points Intel makes themselves a fiscal juggernaut, and leaves AMD to step, no, JUMP up if they can. Unfortunately it might lead to the another Intel stronghold where the quality of the products drop (read: Netburst), but, if history does indeed repeat itself, then it gives DAMMIT a chance to regain market share. Yeah, gotta love options...
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