Intel's roadmaps show the Conroe desktop processor will ship as the Core E6000 series, The Register reports. These processors will arrive in the third quarter and will start at clockspeeds of up to 2.66GHz.
The roadmaps come courtesy of Japanese-language site PCWatch, whose prognostications usually prove highly accurate. According to a report today, Q3 will see the debut of Conroe as the E6700, E6600, E6400 and E6300, clocked at 2.66GHz, 2.40GHz, 2.13GHz and 1.86GHz, respectively. The first two parts are dual-core, with a total of 4MB of L2 cache; the second pair are single-core, 2MB L2 chips. All four will support a 1066MHz frontside bus speed.
The E6000 series will continue into Q1 2007 while Intel drives the Pentium 4 and Pentium D brands down-market. That quarter, it will launch the Core E4200, a single-core Conroe-based part clocked at 1.6GHz and supporting an 800MHz FSB.
The E in the names of these processors stands for the power consumption, which is only 50W or a bit more. The roadmaps also show Intel will stop the distinction between single and dual-core processors in the desktop market.