Intel will release a 466MHz Celeron on the 26 April using its new highly integrated 810 chipset.
The 810 supports both 66MHz and 100MHz front side bus (FSB) speeds - Celeron isn't due to move on up to 100MHz FSB until early 2000 and there's still a 100MHz/66MHz FSB Celeron due out later in the year.
Intel has denied that the 810 will be able to support Pentium II processors so it's not easy to see exactly why 100MHz is on offer right now, unless there's a Socket 370 Coppermine waiting in the wings - something Intel's Paul Otellini has previously denied.
The 466MHz part will be priced around $170 in 1,000 unit quantities, the lesser Celerons having their price tags cut in readiness earlier this week.
The 810 can support up to 512Mb of SDRAM and uses Dynamic Video Memory for graphics.
Intel has its own 810 motherboard ready, codenamed Cayman. This features USB, AC97 audio and PCI expansion slots, but rather unusually for a board in this category, boasts Lan on motherboard too - perhaps recognition from Intel that large businesses are recognising the value for money Celeron offers over the Pentium II and III lines.
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