Intel this week announced the release of the latest version of its Celeron processor and a new chipset to follow in June -- both aimed at the low-cost PC market.
Intel is counting on the new 466MHz processor and 810 chipset to increase business in low-end computers selling at or near $US1000, according to Paul Otellini, executive vice president for Intel's Architecture Business Group. "It's a large and growing market," he said.
The Celeron 466 is Intel's fastest processor and is expected to be available from major PC manufacturers almost immediately and Intel's local distributors and OEMs in June. It is priced at $US169 and is available in PPGA (Plastic Pin Grid Array) packaging in 1000-unit quantities. Intel's processors are now offered at speeds of 466MHz, 433MHz, 400MHz, 366MHz and 333MHz.
The company's 810DC100 chipset, which is also scheduled to be available in June, is designed for higher performance in the "value PC segment". It integrates 3D AGP graphics and enables software-based audio, modem and DVD capabilities.
And the chip release was accompanied by some vendor PC vendor product announcements. Hewlett-Packard has announced it will use the Celeron 466MHz processor in its Vectra corporate and Brio business PCs, while Compaq Computer said it is selling a Prosignia 320 running on the new chip.
Meanwhile, IBM and Dell Computer will release PCs with both the Celeron 466 processor and the 810 chipsets in June, according to an Intel spokesman.
Intel Australia general manager David Bolt said: "The new products demonstrate how Intel is using its manufacturing and system design expertise to optimise the cost and capabilities of value PCs."