Conroe-L to launch under Pentium, Celeron brands?

— 7:38 AM on September 20, 2006

According to reports originating from Taiwan, Intel plans to take the Pentium and Celeron brands for another spin around the block next year. The company's upcoming Conroe-L processor, which is said to be a single-core version of the Core 2 Duo, will reportedly be introduced under new Pentium E1000 and Celeron 400 brands instead of a Core 2 Solo moniker suggested by previous rumors. The Pentium E1060, E1040, and E1020 processors will be the first out of the door in the second quarter of 2007. They will be clocked at 1.8GHz, 1.6GHz, and 1.4GHz, respectively, with 1MB of L2 cache and an 800MHz front-side bus. DigiTimes has no pointers on specifications for the first Celeron 400-series chips, but the site hears they will show up in the third quarter with 512KB of cache and a slower 533MHz front-side bus.

The launches should follow a round of sizeable price cuts that another DigiTimes report says Intel will apply to the Pentium 4 line in January 2007. Pentium 4 531, 541, 631, 641, and 651 chips will go down from their existing $74-163 price range to a more affordable $69-84. The Pentium 4 line will survive until the third quarter, at which point it will be phased out entirely, the report says.

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