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It was just a matter of time before the leading makers of central processing units (CPUs) start to sell dual-core chips for value computers and it now seems that the time will come in the first quarter of next year, when Intel Corp. unveils dual-core Intel Celeron microprocessors aiming the most affordable personal computers (PCs).

The first Intel Celeron E1200 dual-core processor working at 1.60GHz, utilizing 800MHz processor system bus and featuring 512KB of unified secondary-level cache will emerge in the first quarter of 2008 to target cost-effective desktops. Later during the year Intel plans to add more chips into the Intel Celeron E1000 dual-core lineup, creating a comprehensive family of affordable chips with two processing engines.

Intel’s Celeron E1000 dual-core processors are set to be made using 65nm process technology and are projected to fit into 65W thermal design power envelope. The new CPUs will be drop-in compatible with all platforms that support code-named Conroe processors, e.g. Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Pentium dual-core E2000-series.

According to documents seen by X-bit labs, Intel plans to describe the new Intel Celeron dual-core processor as delivering “entry multi-tasking experience for value-conscious customers”. Currently Intel sells Celeron processors for $34 - $59, therefore, it is possible to expect that the new E1000-series will also fit into that gap. It is interesting to note that the launch of the new Celeron dual-core chips will not mean end of life for Intel Pentium processors, which will continue to serve upper segment of low-cost desktop systems.

Given relatively low clock-speed and not a large cache, it is unlikely that Intel Celeron E1000 dual-core microprocessors will show incredible performance. Nevertheless, the forthcoming emergence of the new chips proof that multi-core technology are rushing into the value segment of the market.

The launch of low-cost dual-core Intel Celeron E1000-series processors will cause the chip giant’s rival Advanced Micro Devices to either waterfall prices of its entry-level single-core AMD Athlon LE and AMD Sempron chips, or to introduce value dual-core processors as well and reconsider pricing of single-core offerings.

Officials for Intel did not comment on the news-story.

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cool, now amd needs dual core semprons
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I wonder how it would overclock.

If AMD dropped there prices and made x2's in the $40 range that would be sweet too.

Either way this price war/ competition is great for buyers. I mean with all the latest price drop you could really build a sweet system for under $500.
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do people need dual core for less than $65. What does $20 make in difference for a consumer. You run the computer for a month and that's how much you will pay for electricity...
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 10/12/07 12:13:27 AM]
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And why would I want to buy such processors when we already have Pentium E2000 series?
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 10/12/07 01:14:06 AM]
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I'd like to see those celeron dual-core benched against AMD's lowest-priced alternative.

I think that Intel might stuck with so much product that it figures 'what the hell, let's just offer a dual-core celeron'
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"Intel’s Celeron E1000 dual-core processors are set to be made using 65nm process technology and are projected to fit into 65W thermal design power envelope."

Well, I hope these processors have SpeedStep (EIST)...
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Sounds nice except the TDP. A bit odd, in fact, that it's the same TDP as the higher end models, despite having lower clocks and much less cache.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 10/14/07 05:49:09 PM]
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