VT-enabled Celerons will show up next quarter, report says

Intel will soon bring hardware virtualization all the way down to its Celeron processor lineup, according to DigiTimes. The site has heard from folks at motherboard makers that a pair of new, VT-enabled Celerons are on track to launch next quarter.

The Celeron E3300 will run at 2.5GHz with 1MB of L2 cache, an 800MHz front-side bus speed, and a 65W power envelope. The Celeron E3200 will have similar specs but with a 2.4GHz clock speed. DigiTimes says these CPUs will supplant the Celeron E1000 series, meaning they'll likely be dual-core parts. (Even the $49 Celeron E1400 has a pair of 2GHz cores.)

This wouldn't be Intel's first attempt to bring virtualization to the masses. VT support has already shown up in new revisions of E7000-series Core 2 Duos and E8000-series Core 2 Quads. Intel might deny it, but these sudden changes sure seem related to the arrival of XP Mode in Windows 7.

In other Intel CPU news, DigiTimes writes that a 3.2GHz Core i7-960 processor will hit stores in the fourth quarter of the year. Intel will probably have released Lynnfield CPUs with potent Turbo Boost functionality by then, too.

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