Intel Scrapping Two Dozen CPUs to Make Room for Ivy Bridge

It's out with the old and in with the new over at Intel. According to reports, the Santa Clara chip maker is letting its hardware partners know of a revised schedule to halt production and/or stop the supply of more than 25 existing desktop processor models so that it can focus on and make room for its upcoming 22nm Ivy Bridge launch.

Speaking with industry sources in Taiwan, DigiTimes says Intel is suspending the supply of Core i5 660 and 661, Core i3 530, Pentium E5700, and Celeron E3500 processors and will cut off production in the second quarter of 2012.

In addition, Intel is putting the brakes on production lines churning out Core i7 860S and 876K, Core i5 655K, 750S, and 760, and Celeron 430 and 450 processors sometime this quarter, followed by Core i7 870S and 880S, Core Duo E7500 and E7600, Pentium E550 and E6600, and Celeron E3300 in Q2 2012.

The latest word on Ivy Bridge is that Intel will launch more than a dozen desktop and mobile variants on April 8. Desktop Ivy Bridge processors will initially be priced between $184 and $332, while half a dozen mobile chips will cost up to $1,100 (Core i7 3920QM).