Chipzilla has developed a short list of chips that are for the chop after the launch of its Romley platform.
Romley was released last week as a replacement for the rather elderly Tylersburg platform which first saw the light of day in 2009, and used Nehalem-based Xeon 5500 microprocessors, While these were superseded by Xeon 5600 CPUs the Xeon 5500 series carried on and on like the silicon equivalent of the energiser bunny.
Still, after Romley, it was only a matter of time before the Xeon 5500 was given its last meal and had the conversation with the priest.
According to Product Change Notification (PCN) documents, published by Intel, the following Xeon models will be retired:
High-performance versions: W5590, W5580, X5570, X5560 and X5550
Mainstream versions: E5540, E5530, E5520, E5507, E5506, E5504, E5503 and E5502
Low-power versions: L5530, L5520 and L5506
According to CPU-World, the last order date for these CPUs is September 28, 2012. It looks like embedded versions of Xeon E5504 and E5540 will still be available for order after that date. Other OEM chips will be shipped until March 27, 2015.