The first notebooks featuring the latest, Sandy Bridge-based Intel Core processors are already out there. While the Sandy Bridge architecture clearly seems to be restricted to mid- to high-end notebooks at the moment, that might change pretty soon as the Santa Clara chip maker has begun shipping its first Sandy Bridge-based Celeron laptop processor, the dual-core B810, to OEMs.
If you're jonesin' for a low-cost Sandy Bridge processor and aren't put off by the Celeron brand, hang tight, Intel has you covered. The Santa Clara chip giant is reportedly working on a batch of 32nm Celeron chips to ship in the third quarter of 2010.
Details are pretty weak at the moment, but according to Web chatter, there's a good shot these will come with the graphics core enabled. That means you'll be getting a dual-core processor with integrated graphics for as low as $50, the starting price of these upcoming parts.
As it stands, current Celeron parts are still being built around the 45nm Wolfdale architecture and don't include a graphics core.
Is the Celeron brand coming to an end? It depends on who you ask. The talk from major notebook players is that they've been informed by Intel of its plans to gradually reduce the production of Celeron chips and replace them with Pentium and dual-core Atom N series processors. Following that, Intel will completely phase-out the Celeron line in 2011, Digitimes reports.
Sounds plausible, and it's doubtful too many folk would really miss the Celeron brand, which many have come to equate with poor performance, even though that's not always the case. Nevertheless, Intel is denying the rumors, but saying little else.
We'll have to just wait and see what happens. What we do know, however, is that Intel will launch its dual-core Atom N processor line in the third quarter of this year, and presumably at similar price points to existing Celeron chips. It would make sense, then, to at least consider pulling the rug from the Celeron brand to avoid confusion.
At least in the short term, Celeron will remain in the market. Come September, Intel will launch a handful of new Celeron chips, including the Celeron P4600, T3500, and U3400. After that, it could be curtains for Celeron.
We already know about the new Arrandale-based Celeron P4500, a 1.86GHz dual-core part with 2MB of cache and aimed at the value sector. According to Fudzilla, there's at least one more mobile Celeron chip on tap for 2010, the faster clocked P4600.
The P4600, also a dual-core part, will come clocked at 2.0GHz. It won't support Intel's Turbo Boost technology, nor will it feature four threads like some higher-end Arrandales, but it will come with integrated graphics clocked at 500MHz. If necessary, the graphics portion can be goosed to 667MHz, Fudzilla says.
Essentially just a faster clocked P4500, the P4600 will also support DDR3-800/1066 memory and sport 2MB of L2 cache. And like its predecessor, the P4600 will come rated at 35W TDP
According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, Intel plans to beef up its entry-level Celeron notebook processor line with the introduction of its Celeron P4500 processor.
Due out in the second quarter of this year, the P4500 will supplant the T3300. Unlike most other Celerons, however, the P4500 is built around Intel's 32nm Arrandale platform. It will come clocked at 1.86GHz per core, while the graphics will cruise along at 500MHz. You won't find any Turbo Overclocking on the P4500, though the graphics can be juiced to 667MHz.
Other features include DDR3-1066 support, 2MB of cache, and a 35W TDP. By comparison, the T3300 comes clocked slightly higher at 2GHz, but has half the amount of cache at 1MB.
Thecus this week celebrated the 2-year anniversayr of its "groundbreaking" SATA-based 1U4500 rackmount storage server by introducing the 1U4600 rackmount NAS.
The company claims this follow-up Act is built for speed, and towards that end it comes equipped with an Intel Celeron processor and 1GB of DDR memory. Multiple 1U4600 units can be accessed by a master system, and it comes with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD.
"Enterprises need superior storage at a price that fits within budget, and the newly updated 1U4600 meets these requirements," said Florence Shih, Thecus General Manager. "With multiple redundancies and superior performance built-in, the 1U4600 sets the new standard in powerful yet versatile enterprise storage."
Other features include a dual DOM design, 250W redundant power supply, and the ability to use the 1U4600 in NAS, DAS, or iSCSI mode.
Yes, a Celeron. Why? For the glory, of course. A devoted overclocker by the name of “TiN” at Xtremelabs claims to have pushed the Intel Celeron-D 347 to an unthinkable 8.20 GHz. This beats the previous record by just 16.8 MHz. Preliminary reports indicate that the CPU did not melt into a pile of slag.
TiN claims to have reached these speeds using a specially modified DFI LanParty UT P35 motherboard, OCZ memory, and every overclocker’s friend – liquid nitrogen. This intrepid soul first had to remove the integrated heat spreader by heating the CPU to over 200°C before installing it into the board.
There are no benchmarks from the super Celeron, and no indication that they would even be all that impressive. Still though, it would be interesting to see just how much better this slow chip performed at an extreme clock. If you have an old Celeron lying around, maybe you won’t need to get that new Core i7 after all.
Best Buy today announced the launch of its “holiday computing selection” spanning nine different brands. Although the lineup is said to include over 30 notebooks, six netbooks, 17 desktops and four all-in-ones from some of the top brands, the retailer seems to have reserved the spotlight for a $249 Acer laptop. After all, it is Best Buy’s “lowest-advertised-price laptop” ever.
The retailer is hoping that the $249 will appeal to “value-conscious consumers.” But don’t expect the laptop to set any new performance benchmarks, for it features an insipid cocktail containing an Intel Celeron 900 CPU, 2GB memory, and a 160GB hard drive. The $249 Acer notebook will go on sale tomorrow, along with the rest of Best Buy’s holiday computing lineup.
In exactly one week from now, Asus will launch a pair of new ultra-thin notebooks built around Intel's upcoming 45nm Celeron 743 and SU2300 processors, according to the latest web chatter. The ultra-thins will ship first to Taiwan, China, and Europe before making their way to the U.S.
According to Asus president Jerry Shen, his company plans to aggressively pursue the ultra-thin market and says these types of portable PCs will account for 10 to 20 percent of Asus' total notebook shipments in the third quarter of 2009. And while there's no word yet on how much the two upcoming models will run, both will target the entry-level market with the Celeron 743 and SU3200 CPUs running just $107 and $134, respectively.
In related news, MSI is also expected to announce new ultra-thin laptops very soon, though details remain sparse.
Earlier this week Intel announced the additions of two dual-core CPUs to their CULV platform, which will target entry-level ultra-thin notebooks.
The announcement came in the form of the Celeron 740 and the SU2300. They will feature core clocks of 1.3GHz and 1.2GHz respectively, and both will feature an identical 1MB L2 cache, 10W TDP and an 800MHz FSB.
No official word yet on how much notebooks featuring these will cost or when they will arrive.