Chicago (IL) – Xeon 5100 was the first of three Core-based processors Intel has scheduled for launched for Q2 and Q3 of this year. The desktop version “Conroe” will debut in Week 30, while the mobile processor “Merom” will be introduced in the second half of August, according to sources. The new architecture will dominate Intel’s product portfolio by the end of the year.
Documents seen by TG Daily indicate that Intel is on track to introduce its Core 2 Duo E-series (“Conroe”) in just about four weeks after the Xeon 5100 (formerly codenamed Woodcrest ). Following with a four-week-distance, the company will introduce The Core 2 Duo T-series (“Merom”). While Intel has not yet provided product announcement dates, preliminary information points to an availability of the new desktop processors starting in the week of 24 July; notebooks with Merom processors apparently will be shipping in the week of 22 August.
Intel’s production plans for mobile processors hint to a quick transition to Core- architecture products. Merom will account for 10% of all processors shipped in Q3; the CPU’s share of Intel’s complete mobile portfolio will climb to more than 50% by the end of the year. The share of the current Core Duo (Yonah core) will account for almost 75% in Q3, but drop to about 35% in Q4.
Intel will continue producing all mobile processors while the new architecture is introduced (an exception is the Celeron M 360, which is dying at the time of this writing); however, the company plans to ramp down all single-cores over the next year and ship the last CPUs of the Pentium M 700-series and Celeron M 300-series in Q4 of 2007.
A similar, but less aggressive transition will happen in the desktop space. Conroe will account for about 10% in Q3 and climb to about 30% in Q4. Netburst-based dual-core processors will transition to the 900-series of processors and represent just under 30% of the mix in Q3 and about 25% in Q4. Single-core processors based on the “Prescott” core will see a sharp decline: 500- and 600-series processors will have a share of less than 10% in Q4. Celeron processors will continue to use Prescott for now and slowly decline from currently about 20% to about 15% by the end of the year, sources indicated.
By the end of the year, Intel plans to discontinue the Pentium D 800 series, The Pentium D 930 and 940 and the Celeron D 345 and 350 CPUs. If you are interested in Intel’s Pentium 662 or 672 processor – Intel’s only single-core processors with virtualization capability – you will need to get your order in soon: Intel will stop accepting orders for the chip beginning 10 July.
In the volume server space, Intel expects Woodcrest to scratch the 50% production share already in Q3. This number includes the share of the already shipping but not yet announced low-voltage Xeon “5148”. Together with Dempsey, Intel’s “Bensley” platform will account for almost 65% of the pie in Q3. Bensley will grow to about 75% by Q1 of 2007, with desktop processors making up most of the remaining shares in Intel’s volume server product mix.