Chip giant Intel has based its latest Celeron processor on its flagship Pentium III technology. Graham Palmer, an Intel representative, said: "This is the first range of Celerons to be based on the Pentium 0.18 micron technology."
The processors will ship at 600MHz and 566MHz and will incorporate PIII's streaming SIMD multimedia extensions. Essentially, SIMD is an evolution of MMX, designed to let one micro instruction operate at the same time on multiple data items.
The new Celerons will also use PIII's flip chip packaging (FC-PGA) format, as Intel attempts to unify a market that has, until now, been divided between slot one and socket 7.
"FC-PGA allows Intel to move the cache onto the processor, removing the need for the more expensive slot-based chips of the past," said Palmer.
"It's something that will unify our lines. From now on, everyone who buys a Celeron FC-PGA-based chip will be able to upgrade to the PIII line without changing their motherboard."
Palmer added that Intel's road map will see Celeron clock speeds of over 700MHz before the end of the year.
Intel's announcement comes on the back of a semiconductor boom. Shipments for February were $1.6bn (£1bn), a 90 per cent increase from the same time last year, according to figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association.
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