X-bit Labs reports Intel has updated its schedule for updating its Netburst-based dual-core processors with a new core revision. As a result of the change, top-of-the-line processors won't get the new stepping and the least powerful CPU will get it later than originally planned.
“This product change notification (PCN) revision is being published to adjust the Intel Pentium D Processor 2.80GHz ready-to-receive date from October 21, 2005 to March 03, 2006 and to withdraw/cancel the A0 to B0 conversion of the Intel Pentium processor Extreme Edition 840,” Intel said.
Intel explains the Pentium Extreme Edition processors won't need the core revision because the production yields are healthier than expected.
Intel does not note any changes it will perform to the processors originally code-named Smithfield, but advises its customers to refer to electrical, mechanical, and thermal specifications (EMTS) of the new processors for specifications update, which may indicate that electrical and thermal specifications of the B0 chips may be at least slightly different compared to A0 central processing units (CPUs). Furthermore, the chipmaker advices its clients to qualify the new processors and verify that major operating systems continue to boot and run confidence tests.