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Intel grows Socket T Celeron line-up

Cheaper CPUs to push Grantsdale further into more price-points

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Intel is planning to offer more 775-pin Celeron D processors that originally thought, according to reports today.

DigiTimes cites sources from among Taiwan's motherboard manufacturers, that the anticipated Socket T Celeron D 335 and 340 will now be joined by the 325 and 330.

Intel's move to offer 775-pin 90nm Celerons was signalled in June 2004 by barebones PC maker Shuttle, which noted that its i915-based Socket T systems would support Celeron CPUs as well as the LGA-775 Pentium 4s that Intel had already announced.

The chip giant had also announced 90nm Socket 478 Celerons, but not Socket T versions.

The possibility of Celeron D parts capable of being used with Intel's Grantsdal' chipset family was raised in April 2004 when details of the company's desktop CPU leaked out.

If the claims are accurate, expanding the number of 775-pin Celerons makes sense, as Intel is aggressively pushing Grantsdale as the foundation for all future home PCs. Greater Celeron support, particularly at the lower price points offered by the 325 and 330, is likely to deepen Grantsdale's market penetration far more than if Intel kept it as mid- to high-end P4 sub-system.

Enabling Grantsdale at a wider range of price points will also encourage take-up of Intel's 90nm CPUs - again, that's a technology Intel is promoting heavily.

The new Celeron Ds are expected to ship early August ahead of anticipated price cuts which will be applied to the CPU line later in the month. ®

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