In a move that will surprise no one, Intel is rumoured to be taking the axe to the Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9770 and QX9650. Given that much faster Core i7 systems can be built for less money - especially for the overclocking crowd - this decision is entirely logical and appropriate.
Intel is also rumoured to be introducing a 65W TDP Lynnfield in Q1 2010, targeting the HTPC and small form factor market. No doubt it will also show up in larger laptops. The qustion is - what will the clock speeds and price be?
Meanwhile, AMD is apparently playing it smart, and not sitting on its laurels. AMD is rumoured to be introducing a 45nm 6MB L3 cache Athlon X2 processor based on the Phenom II design, code named "Callisto". There is no clock speed or price information yet, however it is expected to launch in Q2 of this year. This chip is a followup to the 65nm Phenom based AMD Athlon X2 7750, which it may replace.