Intel paves way for new Celerons

Paving the way for a large product roll-out expected this week, Intel has started shipping 370-pin socket versions of its Celeron processor, and has cut the price on earlier, Slot-1 versions of the chip, the company confirmed today. The 370-pin socket versions of the Celeron, aimed at low-cost notebooks, come in a less expensive package than the Slot-1 versions, and are intended to help Intel fend off competitors such as Advanced Micro Devices, which are gaining market share at Intel's expense.

Paving the way for a large product roll-out expected this week, Intel has started shipping 370-pin socket versions of its Celeron processor, and has cut the price on earlier, Slot-1 versions of the chip, the company confirmed today.

The 370-pin socket versions of the Celeron, aimed at low-cost notebooks, come in a less expensive package than the Slot-1 versions, and are intended to help Intel fend off competitors such as Advanced Micro Devices, which are gaining market share at Intel's expense.

Intel has started shipping socket versions of the Celeron 333MHz and "300a" 300MHz models for $US107 and $90, respectively, said Seth Walker, a company spokesman.

The 300a model, like faster versions of the Celeron, has 128K bytes of Level 2 cache. The "a" is attached to the name to distinguish it from other Intel 300MHz processors, which do not have the same cache specifications. All prices are for quantities of 1,000 units.

Meanwhile, the company has cut prices on the Slot-1 versions of these chips, Walker confirmed. As of Dec. 6, the Slot-1 333MHz Celeron was listed at $115, down from $159, and the 300a version was listed at $94, down from $138.

The company has also started to ship 366MHz and 400MHz versions of both socket and Slot-1 Celerons to manufacturers, Walker said.

"This is typical of any product roll-out -- (we send) product to manufacturers so they can incorporate them into their new designs by the time they are introduced, and prices of current versions are also adjusted accordingly," to make way for the new products, Walker said.

Walker decline to specify pricing on the new 366MHz and 400MHz models, and declined to comment on the shipping date other than to say it would be in the first quarter. But sources have reported that a wide array of chips, including both the new Celeron chips and new Pentium II Xeon chips for high-end PCs, would be announced next week.

Intel, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached on the Web at http://www.intel.com/.

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