Intel Denies Celeron's Demise

Decide for yourself whether this is a good thing or not, but according to Intel, reports of the Celeron's death have been greatly exaggerated. Responding to Internet rumblings that Intel would phase out the Celeron brand in 2011, the world's largest chip maker said the rumors are false, plain and simple.

"The rumor is not true, Intel has no plan to phase out the Celeron brand in 2011. Intel Celeron processors continue to provide a low-cost computing solution for basic computing needs," wrote Barry Sum, an Intel spokesman in Honk Kong, in an email response to ComputerWorld.

News and rumor site Digitimes first reported that Intel had told its notebook partners of its supposed plans to first gradually reduce the production of Celeron chips, and then phase them out altogether next year. Digitimes did acknowledge in the report that Intel was denying the rumor, so who knows what's really going on.

For the time being at least, Celeron will live on. Intel plans to launch several new Celeron chips in September of this year, ranging in price fro $86 to $134.
Via:  Intel
slugbug 4 years ago

With the low prices on some of the core i3 and i5 processors I really don't see a need for Celeron anymore.

AKwyn 4 years ago

I sorta do, basically I think the Celeron brand will live on as long as there's a section for $50-75 processors.

lonewolf 4 years ago

Yea I think it's time to put them to bed. The Celeron was always a 2nd rate chip anyway, I would move the Core 2 lineup in the budget mobile space. I do not see a need for Intel to keep these around they served their purpose but they are now loooooooooog in the tooth!!!!!!

crowTrobot 4 years ago

There's also poor and developing countries that buy up these things and dont' have the luxury we have. The price difference between a $75 and a $100 processor  is huge for them.

Joel H 4 years ago

Didn't you get the memo, crow? That's what the OLPC is for!

crowTrobot 4 years ago

[quote user="Joel H"]

Didn't you get the memo, crow? That's what the OLPC is for!


The OLPC is available only for students and children. 

There is still a market for basic home computing use (think spreadsheets, home offices, basic internet surfingetc) and also theres modular state/upgradeability of a PC vs a laptop.  There is a huge market for recycled and used hardware in developing countries however, but if AMD and Intel can offer processors that fit in pricepoints that are affordable for them for just a little more than older hardware, people will always gravitate toward the newer, better gear.


acarzt 4 years ago

I think they should phase out the celeron name and bring in something new and fresh.

Celeron, to me, has a stigma around it of being really slow, unreliable, poor quality chips.

It's intels bottom of the barrel chip. They need a new name.

Yea it'll still be bottom of the barrel, but with a new name, people will feel better about buying one because it feels new just by the name.

werty316 4 years ago

The cheaper Core i3/5 chips may be cheaper but there not cheap enough in certain markets.

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