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Intel confirms Pentium 4-based Celeron launch

Coming mid-2002, says Intel; at 1.8GHz, we say

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Intel has confirmed that it will ship Pentium 4-derived Celerons by the middle of next year.

Company staffers revealed the plan - which wasn't exactly hard to guess, in any case - during yesterday's meeting with analysts, convened to discuss its financial standing.

The move has, of course, been on the company's product roadmap for some time, as we've reported before, but it's nice to hear it from the horse's mouth, as it were.

So, while Intel yesterday simply said the P4-based Celerons would be available by mid-2002, we can add that the first one will ship at 1.8GHz and sport the usual 400MHz frontside bus and 256KB of L2 cache. Intel's roadmaps schedule the part's debut at sometime in Q3 - yesterday's analyst-meeting comments suggest that it will take place early in that period.

At the same time, Intel will offer versions of its 845 chipset that contain integrated 3D graphics engines. Versions that support the P4's upcoming 533MHz frontside bus will also be made available during Q3 2002.

At the meeting, Intel representatives also reiterated the company's intention to ship a 3GHz P4 sometime next year, Mobile P4s during Q1 2002, and new Xeons for dual- and multi-processor servers.

Intel also confirmed - again as we'd already gleaned from its roadmaps - that McKinley, the second-generation Itanium chip, will launch as a commercial product mid-2002. ®

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