Intel Celeron Sandy Bridge CPUs to launch in Q3 2011
With the launch of Sandy Bridge micro-architecture in January of this year, Intel is gradually updating their desktop families beginning from the most expensive ones. The first Sandy Bridge CPUs were introduced for Core i7 and Core i5 families, and more Core i3 SKUs were added in February. Pentium SB parts with processor numbers G620, G620T, G840 and G850 will be available this quarter. According to slides we've seen, Intel is going to launch three Celeron Sandy Bridge models G440, G530 and G540 in the third quarter. Unfortunately, we don't have specifications of these CPUs. Intel does not have plans to release faster versions of "G" Celerons in the Q4 2011 and Q1 2012.
New Celeron G440, G530 and G540 microprocessors will replace Wolfdale-based E3400 and E3500 models, that were launched in January and August 2010 respectively. Last year there rumors of upcoming Celeron E3600, clocked at 2.8 GHz, but the slides do not show this part.
Update: Apparently, the slides were already made public by Asian news hardware sites one week ago. You can view them on mydrivers.com, which, we believe, either broke the news, or was one of the first sites to publish the slides.
Sep 04: Intel launches new Celerons, refreshes Pentium and Core families
Jul 27: Prices of upcoming Intel desktop CPUs
May 11: Intel Celeron G440, G530 and G540 specifications
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