But the exciting but not to us wholly unsurprising news today is that in the first quarter of next year, Intel will change the notebook Celerons from .13µ 256K level two cache beasties with a 133MHz front side bus to something which is a whole lot better.
In fact, the new Celeron notebook chips appear to be Pentium Ms under another name.
According to recent roadmaps seen by the INQUIRER, Intel will introduce 1.30GHz notebook Celerons in the first quarter of next year. And these will have 1MB of level two cache as well as 400MHz front side buses.
In the second quarter of next year, Intel will up the frequency to 1.40GHz and could use 90 nanometer technology, if that's perfect enough then.
Further, in Q1 Intel will introduce an ultra low voltage notebook Celeron with 1MB of cache, and called the 800A, which will use 90 nano technology. By the second quarter of next year, Intel will up that to 900MHz.
The current Celeron notebook chips will never exceed 1.33GHz during the whole of this year, but in Q4 Intel will introduce a 933MHz low voltage model, at the same time introducing an 866MHz ultra low voltage model.
The successor to the Pentium M, when Intel "shrinks the die", is the "Dothan" processor, produced using a 90 nanometer chip. There are few changes to previous Pentium M chips, as the following chart shows.
|Typical Pricing||Q2||Q3||Q4||Q1 04||Q2 04|
|$1400+||1.40||1.40, 1.30||1.50, 1.40||1.60, 1.50||1.70, 1.60|
|Ultra Low Voltage||900||1, 900||1, 900||1+*, 1||1.10+*, 1*|
The frequencies marked with the asterisk show the 90 nanometer versions of these notebook chips. The move is inexorable. By Q3 or Q4 next year, Intel hopes to migrate all of its Pentium Ms to 90 nanometers. µ
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