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Intel notebook Celerons to have 1MB cache

Road Maps Exciting notebook development
Fri Jun 06 2003, 11:47
WHILE THE PENTIUM III-M is now, sadly, a goner, the son of the Pentium III-M, the Pentium M, will get to 2GHz sometime next year, although frequency is not a factor in Intel's calculations.

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
$3000+ 1.70 1.70 1.80* 1.90* 2*
$2500+ 1.60 1.60 1.70 1.80* 1.90*
$2000+ 1.50 1.50 1.60 1.70 1.80*
$1400+ 1.40 1.40, 1.30 1.50, 1.40 1.60, 1.50 1.70, 1.60
Low Voltage 1.10 1.20 1.20 1.30* 1.30+*
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

See Also
Nocona, Jayhawk to use 800MHz system bus
Intel to launch portability processors soon
Intel's 3.20GHz Pentium 4 to launch in June
Intel's desktop pricing to October


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