CHIPMAKER Intel has quietly launched two processors while ceasing production of its branded mainboards in China.
It's not like Intel to release any hardware without a song and dance and reams of press materials, so we weren't expecting this one. Intel has released a souped-up Core i5 680 and an entry level Pentium E5500.
The Core i5 680 is the second fastest dual-core Intel has ever manufactured. The 32nm Clarkdale chip runs at 3.6GHz but can reach 3.86GHz when Turbo Boost kicks in. It uses Socket LGA 1156, has a shared 4MB L3 cache and is expected to sell for $294 in thousand unit trays in the US.
The budget Pentium E5500 has the 45nm Wolfdale 2M core running at 2.8GHz with a shared 2MB L2 cache. This is going on the market for $75 apiece in thousand unit lots in the US.
Intel's latest release of processor chips comes as the company reportedly is relocating its branded mainboard manufacturing from China to India.
According to Digitimes, Intel is phasing out its company branded motherboard manufacturing in China and concentrating on a move to India and other "emergent markets."
Intel told Digitimes it "is currently focusing on countries in emerging markets where the motherboard industry is still in the early stages of development." µ