I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a variable launch date for a processor before, but Digitimes is reporting that Intel is planning to release the much anticipated Lynnfield processors (known as BOTH Core i7 and Core i5) along with the accompanying P55 chipset in mid September. 

Desktop-based Lynnfield CPUs and P55 chipsets will be announced between September 8-11.

Doesn’t get any more basic than that.  There has been a lot of movement around the P55/Lynnfield launch lately including our own early preview of the ASUS P7P55D EVO motherboard, the SATA 6G / P55 scandal and even the final branding of the new CPUs leaking out. 

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Upcoming Lynnfield / P55 platform diagram courtesy Anandtech.com

According to another report we saw linked to by the Inquirer, there will be three different Lynnfield parts available at launch: 2.66 GHz, 2.8 GHz and 2.93 GHz speeds.  While we know that some may or may not support HyperThreading and others may not support Turbo Mode (see the final branding link above) it will be interesting to see which of these products falls into which categories.

We are eagerly anticipating the release of this new mainstream consumer product line – we’ll have more previews of motherboards coming around the corner soon and we will obviously have a review of the processors up once Intel gives us the green light.

Also interesting to note from that Digitimes article is the scheduled release of Clarksfield, the Nehalem-based derivative built for notebooks, will be given the “Core 2” branding:

Intel’s three Clarksfield CPUs – the Core 2 Extreme XE 2GHz, Core 2 Quad P2 1.73GHz and Core 2 Quad P1 1.6GHz – will be ready to debut sometime around the end of September and October of 2009, the sources noted.