Merom launch pushed forward to July?

— 11:21 AM on July 17, 2006

A report in the Chinese-language paper Commercial Times claims Intel will launch its mobile Core 2 Duo processors "by the end of July." Code-named Merom, the upcoming mobile chips were previously expected in August following the launch of workstation- and server-bound Woodcrest chips in June and desktop Core 2 Duos in July.

If this report checks out, the mobile Core 2 Duo could hit stores before or simultaneously with its desktop counterparts; the first desktop Core 2 Duos will become available on August 7, and the Core 2 Extreme X6800 is scheduled for July 27. That said, the Commercial Times report quoted by DigiTimes says volume shipments of Merom chips will only kick off in the middle of August. As far as prices and specifications go, DigiTimes quotes the same 1.66-2.33GHz clock speeds, 2-4MB cache sizes, and $209-637 prices seen in a leaked roadmap earlier this year.

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