I apologise to those of you sick of the apparent constant raining on AMD's parade which has gone on recently, but this news could well sound like yet another dig at Intel's nemesis - that's just the way the cookie crumbles right now. The news to which I refer comes, via DigiTimes and from several motherboard manufacturers and indicated that Intel will not be launching new Penryn chips on the 20th of January as previously expected but will now be delayed until there is more competition from AMD.
The CPUs in question are the 2.5GHz Q9300, 2.66GHz Q9450 and 2.83GHz Q9550 which you might guess sit just above the current quad-core chip of choice the 65nm 2.4GHz Q6600. Considering that chip beats anything AMD currently has to offer and the next chip up, the Q6700 is almost double the price, it would be counter-productive for Intel to release a new range of faster and almost certainly cheaper processors until the competition can actually complete.
AMD's current plans indicate that higher end models of the quad-core Phenom range and tri-core variants should be available late into Q3 next year, so Intel will doubtless arrange its low-end 45nm launch to coincide. While this may well help Intel's bottom line, it's less of a good move for consumers who have put off buying systems to wait for the new Penryns to arrive as they will now have to wait that much longer.