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Intel's Celeron IIs arrive, with Screaming Sindie in tow

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As predicted, Intel has today released two Celeron microprocessors based on its .18µ (micron) Coppermine Pentium III technology. The 600MHz and 566MHz chips cost $181 and $167 respectively, provided you buy a thousand each of the babies. Intel said it will introduce faster clock speeds of the Celerons before June. Pat "Kicking" Gelsinger said his company's foot is on the throttle. "Intel is keeping its foot on the gas in the value PC market segment." Gas is the US name for petrol. The chips, again as revealed here, incorporate Screaming Sindie multimedia extensions and have 128K of level two cache onboard, but the gas is not on the throttle as far as the system bus, sometimes called the front side bus, is concerned. The processors only use a 66MHz system bus, unlike the parents which spawned them, the Pentium III CuMine microprocessors. Intel is positioning these fast and cheap Celerons against AMD's Athlon microprocessor. This could be a mistake, some industry observers feel, given that AMD is currently on the offensive in the price war. In April, AMD will take the axe to the root and branch of its Athlon pricing policy, when it introduces Spitfire technology. Intel claims the Celerons are in volume production at these speeds above, and also at speeds of 533MHz, 500MHz and 466MHz. These last three however, are at .25µ and no prices for them were available at press time. ® See also Intel 18µ Celerons to tip up next week

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