Last month Intel began transitioning its budget desktop lineup to Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. In September they released the first two Pentium CPUs with Ivy Bridge core, and two more models are coming in the 1st quarter 2013. Also in the first quarter, Intel will introduce three "Ivy Bridge" Celeron CPUs. According to Fudzilla, the Celerons will have G1610, G1610T and G1620 processor numbers.
Some features of new chips won't change from currently produced Sandy Bridge counterparts. The CPUs will still have 2 cores, 2 MB L3 cache, and will lack Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost technologies. Celeron G1610 and G1620, that replace G550 and G555 "Sandy Bridge" SKUs, will operate at 2.6 GHz and 2.7 GHz, and have 55 Watt TDP. The G1610T is a low power model with 35 Watt TDP. It will run at 2.3 GHz, which is 100 MHz faster than Celeron G550T. In addition to slightly higher frequency of the G1610T, there will be a few other areas, where new Celerons will offer better performance. While Sandy Bridge Celeron processors supported memory up to DDR3-1066, the Ivy Bridge parts will work with DDR3-1333 memory, so they will have a small performance advantage in memory intensive parts. The processors will integrate HD graphics with 650 MHz stock and 1050 MHz maximum Turbo frequencies, supposedly to be faster than GPU on budget Sandy Bridge parts. Improvements in the latest microarchitecture will also results in a few percent better CPU performance.
The prices of Celeron processors are unknown, but it's likely that they will be close to $42 - $52 range for entry-level desktop products. Specifications of G16xx CPUs series are below (future parts are in bold):
|Celeron G550T||2||2||2.2 GHz||2 MB||DDR3-1066||35 Watt||$42|
|Celeron G1610T||2||2||2.3 GHz||2 MB||DDR3-1333||35 Watt|
|Celeron G550||2||2||2.6 GHz||2 MB||DDR3-1066||65 Watt||$52|
|Celeron G1610||2||2||2.6 GHz||2 MB||DDR3-1333||55 Watt|
|Celeron G555||2||2||2.7 GHz||2 MB||DDR3-1066||65 Watt||$52|
|Celeron G1620||2||2||2.7 GHz||2 MB||DDR3-1333||55 Watt|
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