IT'S CLEAR FROM the story we published on Intel's desktop CPUs yesterday that the firm is to press ahead with the Celeron segmentation that has stood it in good stead for the last several years.
Instead of Willamette-128Ks, we will see Northwood-256 Celerons gradually being introduced, and at higher clock speeds as the year moves on.
The increase in cache size, the introduction of higher frequency Celerons and the use of a 130 nanometer (.13µ) core will all go some way to address criticisms of the earlier P4 Celerons.
Intel will now introduce a 2GHz Celeron at $103 on the 1st of September, the 1.9GHz Celeron will be displaced from the roadmap, and prices of the other parts in its line up will continue to be pushed down.
On that date, the 1.8GHz Celeron will cost $83, the 1.7GHz part $69, the 1.4GHz part $64 and the 1.2GHz Celeron $64. The 1.1GHz Celeron will disappear and there's not much life left in the 1.2GHz processor either.
There's still no sign of any move towards 533MHz front side buses for the Celerons though. As the table below shows, by the second half of next year, Intel projects P4 Celerons at greater speeds than 2.20GHz. Chipzilla is being cautious - we'd expect higher rates on these parts by then.
|Value III||2, 1.8||2||2.10||2.20||>2.20|
|Value II||1.7, 1.4||1.8, 1.7||2, 1.8||2.10,2||2.20, 2.1|
|Value I||1.3||1.4, 1.3||1.7, 1.4||1.8, 1.7||2, 1.8|
Value III - systems less than $800 excluding display, Value II - systems less than $699 excluding display, Value I - systems less than $600 excluding display. µ
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