Merom launch pushed forward to July?
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.