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Intel confirms 'desktrino' consumer platform plan

If it worked for notebooks, it'll work for desktops... apparently

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An Intel executive has confirmed that the chip maker plans to launch a Centrino-style platform for consumer desktop PCs and that it is due to be launched in Q3.

Intel marketing director Jeff Tripaldi didn't provide much more information: the name has yet to be chosen, he said, and it will centre, as anticipated, on the company's dual-core desktop chip 'Smithfield', although Tripaldi didn't mention that codename.

Smithfield is due to ship in Q3, according to statements the chip maker has made in the past and its own internal roadmap. The platform in which it will sit has been called 'East Fork', and is expected to comprise not only Smithfield but Intel's next-generation desktop chipsets, 'Lakeport' and 'Glenwood' - to ship as the 945G and 955X, respectively - and possibly a Wi-Fi adaptor as per Centrino.

Smithfield is expected to ship as the Pentium 4 8xx series. The 90nm CPUs are believed to be built out of separate dies connected together in the package rather than true dual-core, single-die products.

Intel has been talking for some time about a greater focus on platforms than separate chip products, the better to broaden its sales and to ensure vendors buy from Intel not only CPUs but ancillary chips too. To further that goal, the company last month restructured its operations around mobile, desktop and enterprise platforms, in addition to other more platform-centric operations. ®

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