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Although Intel Corp.’s Pentium and Celeron processors have addressed very entry level markets for around seven years now, they featured the same micro-architectures as high-performance chips. As it appears, Intel’s new low-cost/low-power Silvermont micro-architecture is so efficient that eventually could power Pentiums and Celerons in addition to Atom-series products.

“Because of the advancements and flexibility of the ... Silvermont microarchitecture, we can customize the Bay Trail feature sets and develop variants of Bay Trail that will power a new crop of computing products at a variety of price points,” said Kathy Gill, a spokeswoman for Intel, in a conversation with IDG News Service.

As is known, the first breed of platforms based on Silvermont will include Bay Trail-T (tablet), Bay Trail-M (mobile) and Bay Trail-D (desktop) versions. If Bay Trail-T will likely continue to carry Atom brand, then the other chips will be available under the Celeron and Pentium brands, brining low-cost/low-power micro-architectures into a more expensive product segment.

Intel Pentium brand is twenty years old, whereas the Celeron is fifteen years old. For seven years Intel’s top-of-the-range microprocessors carried Core brands and then Core i brands. Nonetheless, customers continue to like the good-old microprocessor names. Thanks to usage of modern micro-architectures, both Celeron and Pentium have so far offered “good enough” levels of performance. However, Silvermont, which is designed to be low-power and inexpensive, may not be enough for complex productivity and multimedia workloads.

“We have Celeron and Pentium products today based on our Ivy Bridge microarchitecture; we are not ready to disclose additional details on Haswell plans at this time. […] The goal is to offer our customers the broadest selection of form factors, features and experiences at a range of price points,” said Ms. Gill.

It should be noted that Intel did not say that there will be no Celeron and Pentium products based on high-performance micro-architectures going forward.

Tags: Intel, Pentium, Core, Celeron, Silvermont, Atom, Haswell, Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, 32nm, 22nm

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or how about take the Pentium and Celeron processors and combine them into a Haswell Core i1 41xxx series.
2 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 06/04/13 10:29:43 AM]
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agreed
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:02:19 AM]
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everyone knows that celeron and pentium family have the same architecture as performance series product like core i5,i7 difference is just less core,no HT,less cache and less instruction and some other but main thing is same architecture on other side everyone knows that atom is incapable and weak so people usually make distance with atom but this time intel will sell atom chip with sticker of pentium,people will think they got powerful architechure but they don't............

8 3 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 06/04/13 11:12:32 AM]
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AMD is no different. They are selling low-perf Bulldozer as high-pref
2 1 [Posted by: Tristan  | Date: 06/04/13 12:22:01 PM]
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No its not misleading and CHEATING, you said it yourself why they named it Celeron and Pentium.

Your Quote.

"difference is just less core,no HT,less cache and less instruction"

People arent fool, they just dont know what it is or doesnt have time to find what they bought, some are arrogant to understand the fact.
1 1 [Posted by: kailrusha  | Date: 06/04/13 06:03:59 PM]
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its misleading
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:03:04 AM]
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agreed
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:02:31 AM]
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The market for low powered x86 cpu's is non existent. The x86 O/S is failing. The sooner that this is realized that their Conspiratorial partner in the cartel is a fault and trying it's best to leave the x86 market and is also in dire strife.
The market for computing devices is now split into two factions. X86 and ARM. One for commercial operations and one for consumers. Think back there was NT and 16/32 bit markets. When the O/S combined the two into one with XP it gave rise to the ARM/mobile revolution.
2 2 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 06/04/13 04:03:40 PM]
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agreed
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:03:27 AM]
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Intel should work hard so that silvermont hit market soon coz at computex GIGABYTE already announced GIGABYTE S10A tablet with AMD Temash A4-1200 having 128GCN cores,TDP of 3.9 watt. new Gigabyte S10A supports up to 500GB of hard disk space, offers up to 14 hours of battery life, and comes with Microsoft Office Home 2013 pre-loaded.

And of course runs windows 8 pro like charm coz as we all know that windows 8 is gpu accelerated OS and GCN is made for gpu compute that’s why Temash is doing nice with windows 8 pro coz of GCN.

I personally used my frnd’s atom netbook reality is it can’t run windows 8 pro i forced it to run windows 8 then I got frequent lag in internet explorer, frequent hangs very disappointing. reasons is pathetic gpu but expects silvermont will change the picture.
Actually I want to see intel silvermonts gpu performance coz if it’s gpu performance is not competitive to Temash than it will be problem for intel coz windows 8 uses gpu compute for various general tasks. In raw X86 silvermont surely ahed of Temash but in real world we have to wait and see who will win …
Come on intel we are waiting for silvermont .
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agreed
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