Latest Celeron, mobile P4 chips exceed 2GHz

Intel has raised the clock speeds of its fastest Celeron processors with the release this week of the 2.1GHz and 2.2GHz versions...

Intel has raised the clock speeds of its fastest Celeron processors with the release this week of the 2.1GHz and 2.2GHz versions of the chip. Previously, the fastest available Celeron ran at 2GHz.

At the same time, at least one notebook maker is gearing up for the launch of a 2.2GHz version of Intel's mobile Pentium 4 chip, the Pentium 4-M. At present, the fastest available Pentium 4-M runs at 2GHz.

Like the 2GHz version of the chip, the latest Celerons are made using a 0.13-micron process, have 128Kbytes of on-chip cache and support a 400MHz front-side bus. The 2.2GHz Celeron is priced at $103 (£65) in 1,000-unit quantities and the 2.1GHz chip is priced at $89. That is just slightly more expensive than the 2GHz chip which is priced at $83 in 1,000-unit quantities.

Samsung this week won approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a new model of its P10 notebook computer which, according to documents filed by the company, is based on a 2.2GHz version of the mobile processor. Such approval is necessary if Samsung wishes to sell the machine in the US market.

The P10 is otherwise unchanged and includes 256Mbytes of double data rate (DDR) memory, a 14.1-inch thin film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display panel and a fingerprint scanner or Memory Stick card reader. The machine weighs 2.3kg, making it one of the lightest Pentium 4 based computers on the market.

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