FUD Zilla claims Intel will introduce the LGA 1160 socket in the first half of 2009. Next year the chip giant will have as much as four sockets for consumers: LGA1366 for Core i7, LGA775 for Core 2 Duo/Quad, Celeron and Pentium, Socket 437 for Atom and LGA1160 for Lynnfield and Havendale.
Bloomfield or Core i7 is a larger chip due to its integrated memory controller and the return of hyper threading, both of which takes up a fair amount of die space. As Intel doesn’t want to stick with one socket it plans to introduce the LGA 1160 socket which will be known as socket H.
Socket H will support the upcoming mainstream dual and quad core Nehalems including the quad core Lynnfield which is scheduled for a Q3 2009 introduction and Havendale, scheduled for Q1 2010 availability. Two sockets means that LGA 1160, socket H boards will be dramatically cheaper than the ultra overpriced socket B LGA 1366, but we are sure that Intel could have done it all with a single socket.