Celerons to go dual-core next year

Almost two and a half years have passed since Intel's first dual-core processors began to appear on store shelves, and today the company offers multi-core processors across much of its lineup, down to the $64 Pentium E2140. However, remnants of the single-core days remain in the form of the Celeron line, which spans the remainder of the sub-$100 arena and is still used by the likes of Dell.

According to a report by DigiTimes, that'll change next year. The report says Intel will start to do away with single-core CPUs on the very low end of its product range with the introduction of new, dual-core Celeron E1000-series CPUs. Those chips will come in the first quarter of next year, the report adds, and they'll include a Celeron E1200 with a 1.6GHz clock speed, 800MHz front-side bus, 512KB of L2 cache, and a $53 price tag—$1 cheaper than the existing 3.33GHz Celeron D 356.

DigiTimes also has word that Intel will introduce two new Core 2 Duo E4000-series processors based on 45nm process technology in the same time frame. One of the two chips will bear an E4700 model number, 2.6GHz clock speed, 800MHz FSB, 2MB of cache, and a $133 price tag. The other chip will have 3MB of L2 cache and an 1066MHz FSB, but DigiTimes has learned no further information about it.

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