In spite of expectation, Intel Corp. plans to launch three micro-processors for desktops based on Nehalem micro-architecture later this year, according to market rumours. Moreover, even the highest-end model will not cost as much as the current flagship of Intel Core 2 Extreme family.
Apparently, the family of code-named Bloomfield processors for desktops to be launched in the fourth quarter this year will include three models priced at $284, $562 and $999, according to a news-story at HKEPC web-site. Even though the entry-level model will hardly appeal to mainstream users, enthusiasts in budget are likely to gladly adopt the new microprocessor as it promises considerably higher performance compared to existing Intel Core 2 processors as well as AMD Phenom X4 offerings.
It should be kept in mind that initially Intel Nehalem-based systems will hardly be affordable: the new chips require a completely new infrastructure: new core-logic sets, new mainboards, new sockets, cooling systems and so on, all of which will be priced at a premium due to business reasons.
It is interesting to note that when Intel launched its Core 2 Duo processor family in 2006, it rolled out a range of chips priced between $183 and $999. The initial desktop Nehalem product family emphasizes that nowadays Intel does not have to fight its market share back from Advanced Micro Devices, but to spread the new technology among enthusiasts as well as workstation users.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.