Intel have announced that the Core i7 940 CPU will be phased out this year. The company has told partners that the 2.93GHz 940 will be unavailable for purchase after the final order date set for September 4 2009. Final shipments of the boxed version will occur on December 4 this year with the last production 940s planned for November 5 2010. Intel has not provided any reason for the discontinuation of the 940, but the most likely explanation is that they are preparing for the launch of the rumored Core i7 950 clocked at 3.06GHz: the successor to the 940. The Core i7 965 Extreme Edition CPU has also been discontinued. Final orders for the 965 will be taken on September 4 2009 and the last CPUs are scheduled to ship on May 7 2010. These announcements seems a bit out of place, as the 940 and 965 have been out for just over 6 months since their launch with the 920 late last year. Maybe 2009 will be the year of the new Nehalem with the releases of the rumored 965 EE replacement, the 975 and the 32nm Gulftown and Clarkdale series of Nehalem based processors.