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By Mark Hachman  |  Posted 2004-01-06 Print this article Print

Intels mobile Celeron, meanwhile, has been steered toward the "desktop replacement" segment of the market, said analyst Dean McCarron, of Mercury Research, in Cave Creek, Ariz., leaving a hole where a low-cost mobile processor could fit. "Now you have a return to classic quadrants, where you can decide what matters more: power consumption or performance, and then [cost] value versus performance," McCarron said.
The low price is most likely the result of the smaller Level 2 cache included in the chip, as Intel trimmed the Pentium Ms 1MB cache to 512KB. Intel could also save money by turning off potentially defective segments of Pentium M cache; instead of scrapping the chip entirely, Intel can resell the chip as a Celeron M, McCarron said.
Interestingly, the Celeron M will be sold as a stand-alone processor, instead of being offered as part of the companys Centrino platform, which includes the Intel 855PM chip set as well as the companys Pro/Wireless 802.11b module. "Celeron M will not be a component of Centrino technology," said Mary-Ellin Brooks, an Intel spokeswoman. Brooks said a notebook designer could design a Celeron M notebook in conjunction with wireless technology from another manufacturer. She added that she did not know if the chip would be shipped with Intels existing wireless modules. The Celeron M is designed to work with the Intel 855 chip-set family as well as the Intel 852GM, using a front-side bus speed of 400MHz. The chip, which is manufactured on a 0.13-micron process., was quietly added to Intels road map last summer. "Weve planned for quite a while," Brooks said. "You will see us do this on Celeron over time, moving it to newer technology."


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