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jmke 1st June 2005 16:26

Intel’s 64-bit Celeron Processors “Shipping in Volume”
 
Intel Corp. looks like to be close to releasing its Intel Celeron processors with EM64T capability: the company’s executives indicated at Computex Taipei 2005 that the actual chips were shipping in volume and Intel might let is partners to start selling the parts any time soon.

“The chips are ‘shipping in volume’ and Intel has ‘products in the marketplace’,” the company’s joint marketing chief, Anand Chandrasekher, is reported to have said at Computex 2005 on Tuesday, according to The Register web-site.

While Intel Corp. has already announced intention to enable 64-bit capability on its value Intel Celeron processors later this year, the world’s largest chipmaker did not provide any guidance in regards any actual specifications of the products as well as release timeframes. Mr. Chandrasekher’s comment indicated that the Celeron, or Intel Celeron D, chips with Extended Memory 64 Technology products were being shipped for revenue for the first time.

Intel Celeron processors with EM64T will have the model-number designations 326, 331, 336, 341, 346, 351, and 355, according to information released earlier this year. The clock speeds of those chips are 2.53GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.80GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.06GHz, 3.20Hz, and 3.33GHz, respectively. The new central processing units will be designed for Socket 775 infrastructure and are likely to work using 533MHz processor system bus as well as integrate 256KB of L2 cache.

The new Celeron D processors with 64-bit capability will also support Execute Disable Bit (EDB) capability that protects certain memory areas from malicious software provided that Windows XP SP2 operating system is used, as some older Celeron D chips. It is unclear yet whether the new value chips from Intel Corp. sport the Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) that reduces power consumption of the processors by adjusting their clock-speeds in real-time.


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