Intel launches 2.5, 2.6GHz Celerons

At last

Intel rolled out two new desktop Celeron processors today, clocked at 2.5GHz and 2.6GHz.

Derived from the original Pentium 4, the new chips operate on a 400MHz frontside bus and use a Socket 478 interface. The Celerons are fabbed at 0.13 micron, however, and feature only 128KB of on-die L2 cache.

In 1000-unit quantities, the desktop Intel Celeron processor at 2.6GHz is priced at $103; the 2.5GHz is priced at $89, both ahead of the 2.4GHz part following the latter’s price cut last April. ®