Merom to make up half of Intel shipments in 2007
Intel's mobile Core 2 Duo will mark the last of Intel's major summer
introductions when it hits stores next month. It may begin
replacing its predecessor, the Core Duo, rather quickly, as well. Industry sources quoted by DigiTimes say that Intel plans to kick
up production of the Core 2 Duo so that it represents 50-55% of the
company's mobile shipments in the first quarter of 2007. Production of the original Core Duo will begin shrinking towards the end of the year, and it's expected that the chip will make up only 10-15% of mobile shipments by the first
quarter of next year.
Furthermore, sources say Intel plans to introduce Core-based Celeron M
chips in the fourth quarter of this year, extending the new Core
microarchitecture to the low end.
According to DigiTimes' sources, Intel is counting on the release of
Windows Vista to help the mobile Core 2 Duo's adoption rate. Vista,
which is still scheduled to launch in
January, will introduce mainstream 64-bit support—functionality
the original Core Duo can't take advantage of.