Intel will phase out production of almost all of its 90nm-made desktop CPUs by the end of 2006 as the company transitions to 65nm, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.
The sources noted that only three 90nm-made CPUs will eventually remain in the 90nm lineup. This transition is in line with Intel's plan to start introducing 45nm production in 2007 and 32nm in 2009, the motherboard makers commented.
For the Pentium D series, only the Pentium D 820 will remain, with the suspension of the Pentium D 830, 840, 930 and 940 starting in October. The Pentium D 820 will remain as the only Pentium D 8-series' CPU and for the dual-core lineup and will remain with the 65nm-made Pentium D 915, 925 and 945, the makers noted.
The Pentium D 930 and 940 will be also be phased out in order to avoid competition with similar performance CPUs, the sources detailed. The Pentium D 805, which is now supporting the clearing out of entry-level 865-series chipsets, will be completely phased out by the end of 2006 along with the 865-series chipsets, the makers explained.
The Pentium 4 lineup will maintain the 90nm-made 531 and 541 for the entry-level segment. Production of entry-level Celeron D processors including the Celeron D 315, 320, 325, 330, 335 and 340 will also halt in the fourth quarter of 2006.