It appears that 2011 is not just the year when new products are set to emerge, as it is now reported that, in addition to launching a new set of processors, Intel will also kill off two of its arguably more popular existing CPUs.
For those that are not up to speed, Intel will soon release the Sandy Bridge series of central processing units, based on the 32nm manufacturing process.
They will mostly replace the existing series of Core chips while keeping the Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 names.
This means that both suppliers and customers will have a whole new processing standard to enjoy.
On the other hand, the arrival of such products is a sign that some current-generation chips, even popular ones, are not long for this world.
Sure enough, a new report made by Fudzilla states that the Core i5 750 and the Core i7 975 will be among the first to go.
The Core i7 975 is a Bloomfield quad-core chip with a frequency of 3.33 GHz and a maximum Turbo Boost clock of 3.6 GHz.
The reason it will be discontinued is, in addition to the fairly high TDP (thermal design power) of 130W, the fact it is based on the 45nm process.
The second chip that will go is, as already mentioned, Core i7 750, which has a base clock of 2.66 GHz but the ability to jump to 3.2 GHz via Turbo Boost.
It has been around since 2009 but will pass on its task and target consumer base to Sandy Bridge Core i52xxx products.
By the time this year is done, distributors will have likely already gone to significant lengths to exhaust their supply of these two processors, though it is unlikely that they will get rid of every last unit before at least a few months have past.