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.

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