More affordable Core i7 derivatives will start popping into retailers' stocks in late August, and they will finally launch in early September. So says DigiTimes in a new report, citing the usual "sources at motherboard makers."
Last we heard, Intel was planning to ship its new quad-core Lynnfield CPUs (a.k.a. Core i5) and matching P55 chipsets in July. DigiTimes also names July as the original launch schedule, but it goes on to say Intel postponed the rollout so that stocks of current 4-series chipsets would have more time to clear.
Supposedly, Intel has three Lynnfield CPUs lined up for the launch: a 2.66GHz model priced at $196, a 2.8GHz part priced at $284, and a 2.93GHz flagship with a $562 price tag. This information almost matches what the rumor mill spat out last month, although DigiTimes quotes a lower clock speed for the fastest offering. (Incidentally, last month's report also said the 2.66GHz part would lack Hyper-Threading support.)