Intel told its partners that it will release the Conroe and the Intel 965 chipset close to the launch of Microsoft's Windows Vista.
The new platform connected to this launch is Averill Pro, which will feature the Conroe processors and the Q965 Express chipset. There's also Averill Fundamental which uses the Q963 Express and the Pentium D.
The firm is also pressing on with re-branding of its microprocessor estate, with both Merom notebook chips and Conroe desktop chips becoming branded as Intel Core processors. As we revealed earlier this week, Conroe desktop chips will be numbered as E6000 and E4000, the latter category being for 2MB cache, 800MHz bus Conroes and the former for 1066GHz, 4MB and all that.
The Conroe chips in combo with the 965 chipset will support Microsoft VIsta Premium, include Intel "Clear Video", support VT and AMT, Matrix Storage Tech, and use HDMI.
Additionally, the chip giant is also planning a Conroe Extreme Edition for the Viiv platform, a premium Merom processor for the fourth quarter and the Bridge Creek platform family. More info at The Inquirer.