CHIPMAKER Intel will release three low-power Pentium and Celeron branded chips in the second half of 2012 for its 'thin PC' range.
Intel's plans to release more low-power Pentium and Celeron processors based on the Sandy Bridge architecture were revealed thanks to motherboard outfit Asrock releasing a supported processor list. Intel will release six new chips including four Pentium processors, two of which sport the 'T' suffix denoting a 35W TDP part, with one of the two Celeron processors having the same 35W TDP.
All of Intel's upcoming Pentium and Celeron chips are dual core units ranging from 2.1GHz to 3.1GHz with the Pentium chips having 3MB of Level3 cache and the Celeron chips sporting 2MB of Level2 cache. The firm's Pentium G640T, Pentium G860T and Celeron G540T are clocked at 2.4GHz, 2.6GHz and 2.1GHz respectively and all have a TDP of just 35W.
Intel has been pushing its 'thin PC' concept for some time in an attempt to push nettop-style devices. Chipzilla even designs motherboards that have reduced height I/O backplanes in order to make small systems thinner and promote the use of 35W TDP processors.
According to CPU World the chips are expected to hit the stores in this second quarter. Intel is also expected to produce 35W Ivy Bridge processors, though don't expect those to tip up until the third quarter at the earliest. µ