Intel has continued the Celeron rollout with the recent announcement of the 366 and 400 MHz version of its "value processor" offering, and cuts in pricing of current models. But as with the Pentium IIs, as the faster models are released, resellers can anticipate shortages of the earlier models.
According to Intel's Paul Otellini, executive vice president of the architecture business group, "The new Celeron processors are the first of many new low-cost PC desktop and mobile products in 1999."
The two new chips represent a respective 10 and 20 per cent increase in performance over the current 333MHz version. Pricing for single units to dealers is estimated at $240 ex tax for the 366 and $300 for the 400 MHzAfter being launched last year as the cacheless bare bones offering for the home market, Celeron processors are now available in speeds from 300 to 400 MHz, all with 128 KB of integrated Level 2 cache. Many are reported as being sold for small business systems.
Stocks of the new models are believed to be available from each of Intel's authorised Australian distributors, Tech Pacific, Synnex and Todaytech.
Confirming immediate availability of the new processors, Kee Ong, Synnex product manager for Intel, said that there had already been a very strong response to the 366 and 400 Celerons. He added that the release had co-incided with a big cut to the 333 MHz price (down to about $150 ex tax). Attractive to the budget PC builder, the current stocks of 300A Celeron are also expected to come under some pressure at about $120 ex tax.