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New Intel CPUs drive PC rollouts

New Intel CPUs drive PC rollouts

Following the launch of the Pentium II 450MHz processor and the new Celeron processors running at 300 and 350MHz, the usual range of PC vendors have announced new products based on the new technology.

"Intel's new Pentium II and Celeron processors have enabled an attractive new field of PCs for the coming buying season," according to David Bolt, general manager of Intel Australia.

But the channel should be aware of a new element in Intel's kitbag. An Intel spokeswoman told ARN that in references to the new 300MHz Celeron processors as 300A MHz, the "a" is used to signify Level 2 cache. There is already a 300MHz Celeron product on the market which does not have Level 2 cache, she warned.

Among the PC vendors that have come to market with the new processors are:

Packard Bell, which has released a PC with a 333MHz Intel Celeron processor and plans to release a Pentium II processor based PC running at 450MHz later in the year;Compaq, which has released a 333MHz Celeron processor based PC, a 300A MHz Celeron based PC and a 450MHz Pentium II processor based PC;Gateway, which has released a 333MHz Intel Celeron processor based PC and a 450MHz Pentium II processor based PC;IBM, which has released two Celeron based PCs, one targeted at the business market and another targeted at the consumer market. It has also released a 450MHz Pentium II processor based PC;Dell, which has released a 333MHz Celeron based PC and a 450MHz Pentium II processor based PC;Hewlett-Packard, which has released a 333MHz based PC and is believed to have a 450MHz Pentium II based PC due for release soon and;Acer, which has launched a 300A MHz Intel Celeron based PC.


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