Taiwan coughs up Intel CPU plans

The good folks at DigiTimes have filled in some of the gaps for us about Intel's future processor plans. Most immediately, they say Intel will launch its 600-series processors for desktop PCs in early 2005 alongside the P4 Extreme Edition 3.73GHz. (The 600 series is expected to have 2MB of L2 cache and an 800MHz bus.) Both the 600 series and the Extreme Edition will include Intel's version of AMD64 extensions, dubbed EM64T. That suggests the new Extreme Edition will be based on the 90nm Prescott core, since the older 130nm Pentium 4 cores don't include 64-bit capability.

Also, despite reports that dual-core Xeons won't appear until 2006, DigiTimes' sources at Taiwanese PC makers say Intel's dual-core desktop processor, code-named Smithfield, will in fact arrive in the third quarter of next year. The plan calls for three versions of Smithfield, ranging from 2.8 to 3.2GHz. Each core should have 1MB of L2 cache, for 2MB total per chip, and SpeedStep technology to keep temperatures in check.

The leakers also say Intel is on track to introduce its Sonoma mobile platform to the world in January.

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