Intel launches cheaper notebook chip

Intel has launched a cut-price chip for notebook computers, which it hopes will encourage more people to use wireless technology.

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By  Peter Branton Published  January 6, 2004

Intel has launched a cut-price chip for notebook computers, which it hopes will encourage more people to use wireless technology. The Celeron M processor is described by Intel as representing “a new generation of Intel technology for the mobility value market segment.” Celeron is Intel’s low-cost alternative to its Pentium range of processors, so the Celeron M can be seen as a discount version of the Pentium M processor the company launched last March, as part of its Centrino offering. The Celeron chip is based on the same architecture as the Pentium M, but comes with 512KB of level 2 cache, as opposed to the 1MB of cache in the Pentium M. Cache is the pool of memory integrated into the processor for rapid data access. Generally speaking, the larger the cache size the better the performance. The Celeron chip also comes with some, but not all, of the power management features included in the Pentium M. These include Deep Sleep features, which help enable longer battery life by reducing power consumption during periods of inactivity.

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