2005-06-12 Intel panics and announces Merom

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2005-03-29 Intel E8500 Server chipset made to accompany the 4-processor server (4S) chips Cranford, Potomac and later Paxville and Tulsa. Said to support PCI Express, Serial ATA and DDR-II. Also known as Twin Castle 4S.

2006-Q1 Intel Blackford Xeon chipset succeeding Lindenhurst. Supports the Dual Independent Bus (DIB, 2S platform) and Dempsey.

2006-06-19 Intel Woodcrest DP server version of Conroe. Will have FBD (Fully Buffered DIMM) which is said to allow for "stupidly large amounts of RAM". Said to be planned for future Macs. Will be named 5160, 5150, 5140, 5130, 5120 and 5110.

2006-07-27 Intel Conroe Major redesign of the desktop chips based on the mobile chip Merom. Should use the same bus as Merom and Tukwila. Part of the Averill platform. Said to be used in future Macs. Will be named E6300 (1.86 GHz, 2MB, $210), E6400 (2.13 GHz, 2MB, $230), E6600 (2.40 GHz, 4MB, $315) and E6700 (2.67 GHz, 1066 MHz, 4MB, $529). A value-segment version known as Conroe-L will be introduced in 2007-Q2. Will also be used in Uniprocessor Xeon chips (3040, 3050, 3060, 3070)

2006-07-27 Intel Merom Mobile processor succeeding Prescott-M and Yonah built on a 65 nm process. Accompanied by the Crestine chipset. Recent rumours claim that Merom is a major new core design with multiple cores and, depending on version, 2-4 MB of cache, which will also form the base for the next desktop chip, Conroe. Said to consume about 45W.
Earlier said to launch in 05-H2 or 2007, prototype chips has been out since May of 2006.
Merom is part of the Santa Rosa Centrino platform, succeeding Napa. Said to be used in future Macs.
Bus speed to go up to 800 MHz in 2007-H1.
Will be named T7600, the T7400, the T7200 and T5600.

2007-H2 Intel Whitefield Low power, multi-core (4 x Banias with shared cache) server chip, possibly in the Xeon-line, succeeding Potomac, and Tulsa. 4 core version of / follow-on to Woodcrest. Said to be designed in India on a 65nm process, using the original Tanglewood interface. Includes CSI (Common System Interface) with embedded memory controllers to replace the DIB and compete with HyperTransport.
Said to be canceled. CSI will show up first in Tukwila.
Tom's claim that it is still alive.

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