Existing Core 2 Duos face early demise

Less than a year has passed since Intel launched its current Core 2 Duo E6300, E6400, E6600, and E6700 processors, but according to a report by DigiTimes, the chipmaker is already planning to discontinue them. The move would leave room for the company's upcoming Core 2 Duo chips with 1333MHz front-side bus speeds (compared to 1066MHz for existing models), thereby increasing the adoption of 3-series "Bearlake" chipsets.

DigiTimes says Intel will stop taking orders for Core 2 Duo E6300, E6320, E6420, E6600, and E6700 chips, as well as the Core 2 Extreme X6800, some time in the fourth quarter of 2007. Final shipments of those chips will go out in the first quarter of next year. That will apparently leave the Core 2 Duo E6400 as the only survivor from the initial launch lineup—others will replaced by E6x50-series chips like Core 2 Duos E6550, E6750, and E6850, which are said to have respective clock speeds of 2.33GHz, 2.66GHz, and 3GHz.

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