The Inquirer saw a notebook processor roadmap from Intel today and they report the company has delayed the launch of its Merom processors from the third to the fourth quarter of this year.
One of the reasons for the delay is because Intel doesn't want to confuse the world and their dog with all the next-generation introductions.
As we've said before the Merom T7400 and the T7600 will support iAMD64, and Intel is preparing Crestline chipsets using ICH8M enhanced for a business platform, Santa Rosa launch, in the first half of next year. These will come with "Kedron" 802.11n, a, b, and g Wireless LAN, and another type known as Nineveh LAN.
In all, there will be four Merom SKUs when it launches - the T7600, T7400, T7200 and T5600. The last is a single core. For some notebooks it's hoping to offer Meroms which will have battery lives of over five hours. Clock speeds 2.33GHz, 2.16GHz, 2GHz and 183GHz - bus speeds 667MHz, cache 4MB, 4MB, 4MB and 2MB. Cash $640, $420, $295, $240. Intel will also offer Merom based Celeron Ms in 2007 - at least three SKUs, as well as a value ULV chip with a Merom core.