TG Daily is reporting that Intel will be shipping the Core Duo T5000 and T7000 series’ CPUs (aka Merom) in volume in the third quarter of 2006. This is apparently in response to AMD’s upcoming offerings. The Merom is the successor to the currently shipping “Yonah” Core Duos.
The Meroms are going to support 4MB cache (which will be big for mobile users wanting a lot of performance, not that the currently shipping Yonah Core Duos don’t offer that), as well as 64-bit capabilities. Past reports indicate that the Meroms are literally drop-in replacements, so we could see notebook lineups that are currently shipping with Core Duos switch over to the Merom series with few problems. If they truly run about the same power and heat-wise as the currently shipping Core Duos, they could easily find their way into ultraportable notebooks.