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IDF Spring 05 Intel today publicly confirmed its AMD64-like 64-bit addressing system, EM64T, will be brought to the company's budget Celeron processor line "this year".

The chip maker also revealed that its dual-core Pentium 4 processor, 'Smithfield', is now in production.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the opening tomorrow of Intel Developer Forum, Frank Spindler, industrial technology programs director, said EM64T will make it to the Celeron family sooner rather than later.

Intel's plans to spread EM64T across its desktop CPU families emerged last month courtesy of the latest round of roadmap leaks. However, Spindler's comments mark the first time the company has gone public on this issue. The roadmaps reveal that Q2 will witness the debut of EM64T-equipped desktop Celerons with model number 326, 331, 336, 341, 346 and 351, clocked at 2.53, 2.66, 2.8, 2.93, 3.06 and 3.2GHz, respectively. It is believed that the Socket 775 parts will replace today's 775-pin Celerons.

Spindler also confirmed Smithfield's status: the twin-Prescott processor is "in production today", he said. The dual-core chip is due to launch in Q2, Intel said recently, pulling the release foward from its original early Q3 debut. It is reasonable to expect Smithfield to be sampling in the current quarter. ®

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