In order to grow penetration of 1333MHz front-side bus (FSB ) CPUs and boost Intel 3-series desktop chipset (Bearlake) sales, Intel plans to suspend production of five 1066MHz Core 2 Duo CPUs by late 2007, according to sources at motherboard makers.
Intel will suspend landing orders for five 1066MHz FSB CPUs, including E6600, E6700, E6300, E6320 and E6420, by late 2007. Final delivery schedule is set as the first quarter of 2008, the sources detailed.
Since the previous 965-chipset motherboards cannot support CPUs that run at 1333MHz, and Intel is about to introduce its latest Core 2 Duo E6050 family on July 22 along with the introduction of more 3-series chipsets, Intel will thus speed up the transition to higher FSB frequency CPUs, the sources explained.
The upcoming E6050 family includes E6550, E6750 and E6850 with core frequencies ranging from 2.33GHz, 2.66GHz and 3GHz. Pricing per thousand is US$163, US$183 and US$266 respectively – about 40% lower than the current 1066MHz CPU lineup.
On a separate note, Intel plans to boost its 3-series chipset shipment proportions to 38% in the third quarter, up from about 15% in the second quarter.
Source:→ DigiTimesIntel, Processors, CPUs, 1333MHz, FSB