Intel's Pentium E6300 has only been out in the U.S. for about a month, yet already, we're hearing rumors about a faster model that will launch at the same price. Indeed, according to Fudzilla, Intel is prepping a Pentium E6500 for next quarter.
This Pentium E6500 will reportedly have a higher clock speed (2.93GHz instead of 2.8GHz) than the E6300, but it will retain the same 1,066MHz front-side bus speed, 2MB of L2 cache, and 65W power envelope. Since the E6300 apparently does support hardware virtualization, the E6500 probably will, too.
Fudzilla claims Intel will price the Pentium E6500 at $84. The E6300 currently costs the same in 1,000-unit quantities, so the arrival of its faster sibling will probably bump its price down.
In related news, DigiTimes writes that Intel intends to discontinue the Pentium E2220 and Pentium E2200 in the second half of this year. Both processors are based on 65nm process technology, and they run at 2.4GHz and 2.2GHz, respectively. They also lack virtualization capabilities.
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