Intel delays Lynnfield launch

Santa Clara (CA) – Intel’s upcoming Core i5 desktop chips, planned for launch in July, now look likely to appear in September.

Reports in Digitimes, which Intel refuses to confirm or deny, suggest that the delay has been caused by the shaky state of the world economy rather than any technical issues.

The new mainstream desktop PC platform, comprising Lynnfield CPUs and 5-series chipsets, won’t appear before the Fall, say mobo makers. Retail Core i5 processors and P55 motherboards will be available in late August, says the report.

Intel is concerned that the global economic downturn is slowing market demand and hopes the delay will allow more time for 4-series stocks to clear the shelves.

Three Core i5 CPUs clocked at 2.9GHz, 2.8GHz and 2.7GHz wil carry price tags of $562, $284 and $196 in thousand-unit tray quantities. All three chips have a thermal design power of 95W. The P55 chipset is expected to cost $40.

The entry-level Havendale processor is scheduled to launch in January next year, while P57, H57 and H55 chipsets will launch in the first quarter next year, adds the report.