Intel Phasing Out Merom 65nm ProcessorsIntel Phasing Out Merom 65nm Processors
The Core 2 Duo PC chips set to get the ax are the T7600, the T7400, the T7200, the T5600, and the T5500.
January 30, 2008
Intel has released its schedule for phasing out a number of processors such as its Merom chip, which uses older 65-nanometer manufacturing technology.
According to a "product change notification" issued to customers, Intel said it plans to discontinue shipments of the dual-core PC chips after July 27, 2009. In addition, the chipmaker plans to stop shipping some single-core Celeron M processors after Jan. 26, 2009. The Core 2 Duo Merom chips set to get the ax are the T7600, the T7400, the T7200, the T5600, and the T5500. Another Core 2 Duo chip that would be discontinued at the same time is the low-voltage L7200. Among Celeron processors, Intel has started phasing out the M520 and M530. Intel plans to stop taking orders for the chips on May 26. The phase-out is part of Intel's routine discontinuance of older products as new ones are introduced, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Intel started shipping 45-nanometer chips, code-named Penryn, late last year. The number refers to the manufacturing process that enables Intel to shrink the size of transistors on a processor. This means more transistors on a single piece of silicon, which boosts performance without dramatic increases in power consumption. Intel is in the process of migrating its whole product line from 65-nanometer to the smaller size. Rival Advanced Micro Devices is in the process of gearing up manufacturing for 45-nanometer chips, which the company plans to introduce this year. Intel was not the first to ship 45-nanometer chips. Japanese consumer electronics company Panasonic started making 45-nanometer video codec chips last June for use in high-definition video displays. IBM also shipped a 45-nanometer chip before Intel as an application-specific integrated circuit -- or ASIC. ASIC is a catch-all for chips that are used to do other things than running PC software. An example would be an ASIC used to run a cellular phone.
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