Intel to refresh CPUs in second half

Chip giant Intel will release a 3.2GHz Core i7 960 microprocessor in the second half of this year.

That’s according to Taiwanese wire Digitimes, which seems to have got its paws on an Intel roadmap.

The i7 960 will hit the distribution channel in the fourth quarter of this year, but there’s a number of other refreshes on their way earlier.

It will introduce a dual core Atom D510 for “nettops” in the fourth quarter, while a single core Atom D410 chip will appear in the first quarter of 2010.

The Digitimes report reckons that Intel will release two Celeron E3000 processors in Q3 with 1MB of level two cache, and at frequencies of 2.4GHz and 2.5GHz. These 45 nanometer chips will eventually send the E1000 series to the chip gulag during 2010.

Digitimes breaks out the proportions of the entry level CPUs – that includes the Celeron 400, the E1000 and the E3000 in its report, here. The interesting thing is that during Q4, if the report is correct, the Atom 330 will account for a staggering 50 percent of entry level CPUs.