Intel to launch "Core" on 26 June

Chicago (IL) - Consider it official. Intel will be officially introducing the Xeon 5100 processor, the first version of a new generation of CPU's built on the firm's "Core" micro architecture on 26 June.

The company is currently notifying analysts and journalists about an event to be held in San Francisco that date, where the company plans to announce "game-changing news about its server business and products..."

"Forget what you thought you knew about hybrid technology. Intel now delivers the best of both worlds: high performance and energy efficiency without compromise," the invitation reads.

While the company has not yet confirmed that it will be launching the Xeon 5100 (Woodcrest core) during that even, sources have told TG Daily that the processor will be introduced in six different versions, ranging 1.6 to 3.0 GHz and carrying FSB1066 and FSB1333. All Woodcrest version will integrates 4 MB L2 cache.

Pricing ranges from $209 for the entry-level 5110 (1.6 GHz, FSB1066) to $851 for the high-end 5160 (3.0 GHZ, FSB1333).

The desktop version of the Xeon 5100, called Core 2 Duo E4000/E6000 series (conroe) core is rumored to launch on 23 July. The mobile variant (Core 2 Duo T5000/T7000), which is the foundation for the Xeon 5100 and the Core 2 Duo E series, will follow in August or September.