Intel has included four new Mobile Celeron CPUs on its latest price list which were due to be released at the end of Q3. They have been released early without fanfare (or a press release) and wouldn’t have been noticed except for the eagle eyes of the CPU obsessed folk at CPU World.
The newly available Celeron CPUs are the Celeron 807, 877, B730 and B820. These are Sandy Bridge micro-architecture CPUs, not based upon the newer Ivy Bridge design. These CPUs are intended for use in low cost thin notebooks, but of course can’t be used in notebooks denoted as Ultrabooks according to Intel’s own rules (Core processors only).
The Celeron B730 and B820 are low end G2 socket chips with a common 35W TDP for use in entry level mainstream notebooks. The B730 is a single core CPU running at 1.8GHz while the B820 is a dual core CPU running at 1.7GHz. The Celeron 807 and 877 are also single and dual core CPUs respectively and run at 1.5GHz and 1.4GHz respectively. The Celeron 807 and 877 are produced in a BGA package and have a low 17W TDP, intended for use in low cost thin and light notebooks. We previously covered the Celeron 807 and 877 processor specifications in May.
Feature table for the newly introduced Celeron CPUs.
Features table from CPU World
All four of these Celeron Sandy Bridge chips has integrated HD graphics and standard Sandy Bridge CPU features such as Intel 64, VT-x virtualization, and SIMD instruction up to SSE4. According to CPU World these new Celeron SKUs are priced a full 35 per cent lower than their predecessors. This pricing strategy implemented by Intel can be explained by the competitive nature of the low-end, low-power chips market segment, with stiff competition from AMD and ARM in both their current chipsets and on their roadmaps. Market competitiveness is another reason we want AMD to continue to offer compelling, well priced CPU designs in the face of its financial difficulties and uncertainties.