The company is getting ready to unleash the 22nm Ivy Bridge processors to the world by choosing to kill a lot of 32nm processors which currently make the desktop mix.
Intel is getting ready for the launch of 22nm, 3D transistor-featuring (FinFET) Ivy Bridge architecture. According to information available, Ivy Bridge desktop CPUs will debut on April 8th.
In order to prepare for the launch, the company announced the discontinuation (EOL, End of Life product status) for 25 various desktop models based on LGA1155, LGA1156 and LGA1366 sockets. All of the EOL'ed models are based of 32nm Westmere and Sandy Bridge architectures:
- Celeron 430/450/E3300
- Core i3-530
- Core i5-655K/660/661/670/680/750S/760/2300
- Core i7-860S/870/870S/875K/880S/930/950/960
- Core Duo E7500/E7600
- Pentium E550/E5700/E6600/G960
As you can see, this is a thorough cleanup of all sockets, with LGA1156 and LGA1366 essentially being terminated (i7 970, 980, 980X were all EOL’ed during 2011), simplifying the lineup to only feature the LGA1155 and LGA2011 sockets.