Pentium D family to shrink
Intel's dual-core processor lineup has been looking somewhat messy
since the introduction of
the Core 2 Duo processors last month. Different chips overlap at the
same official prices, and Pentium D 8x0 processors are cruelly
overpriced even in comparison to their Pentium D 900-series siblings.
This situation may not persist for long, though. An Intel official has
told HKPEC that four
Pentium D chips will meet their demise
in the coming months—the 3.0GHz Pentium D 830 and 930, and the 3.2GHz Pentium D 840
and 940. The cleanup could still leave up to seven Pentium Ds in Intel's
lineup, but it will prevent overlapping with Intel's Pentium D 9x5
chips, which lack support for hardware virtualization. The
deadline for ordering the canned chips is December 15, with shipments to
continue until March 9, 2007.