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Intel to halt production of common CPUs

Intel will halt production of many desktop CPUs as it paves the way for Ivy Bridge.

Intel is set to discontinue production of at least 25 existing desktop CPUs, it has been claimed.

According to DigitTimes, the manufacturer is preparing for the launch of its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors in April by suspending supply of a number of its existing products.

The publication's sources in Taiwan suggest that computer manufacturers have been issued notices advising an end to supply of Core i7-875K/860S, Core i5-760/750S/655K and Celeron 450/430 by the end of March.

Core i5-661/660, Core i3-530, Core i7-960/950/930/870 and Core i5-2300/680/670 will be phased out by the end of the second quarter of 2012, as will the Pentium E5700, Pentium G960 and Celeron E3500 chips.

Outside of the desktop market, Intel is really set to push the ultrabooks sector this year.

In an interview with Tech Radar, Intel UK consumer and retail director Dan Belton describes it as a "big deal" for the firm - as important as the launch of the Centrino eight years ago.

"This is a really exciting category that gives consumers the features and form factor that they love in laptops, but also delivers the features they are beginning to really enjoy with tablet PCs, such as instant-on," he said.

Intel has certainly invested in the sector and is starting to see results from its Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 products. Mr Belton believes that these are now running some applications and games as quickly as a PC graphic would.

He continued: "I think this is a response to what we see happening in the market, and we think that users are definitely still buying lots of laptops.

"We're still seeing lots of growth in that, but the extension of use of computing is becoming so important, hence the need to have these more beautiful, slimmer designs."ADNFCR-1220-ID-801256657-ADNFCR