Intel prepares massive Pentium, Celeron cleanup

We already saw reports last week that Intel will stop taking orders for four Pentium D processors later this year, but now DigiTimes has word that Intel actually plans to stop production of a much larger chunk of its desktop lineup by early next year.

According to the report, the Pentium Extreme Edition 840 will stop being produced this month, with Pentium Ds 805, 830, 840, 930, and 940 to follow in October. The Pentium Extreme Editions 955 and 965 are scheduled to meet their demise in November. On the single-core front, production of the Pentium 4 524 and its Celeron 310, 345, and 350 brethren will stop in the fourth quarter. Pentium 4 models 630 through 670 will survive until the first quarter of next year. Finally, Celeron Ds 315 through 340 will stop being made at an undisclosed time, with Intel to stop taking orders for them in Q1 2007.

This list is apparently just partial, but motherboard manufacturers told DigiTimes that Intel's cleanup will spare only Pentium D models 820, 915, 925, and 945. The fate of the Pentium 4 line beyond the listed chips isn't totally clear, but the entire Socket 478 Celeron D line looks like it will be pruned.

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