First dual-core Celeron shipping, more to follow
The release of the E1200 underscores how prevalent dual-core chips have become. The Celeron family is the low end of Intel’s mainstream processor range, below the mid-range Pentium family and top-end Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad lines. The release of the Celeron E1200 means Intel now has multi-core processors in each of these product families. Intel already offers a range of dual-core chips in its Pentium line: the 1.6GHz Pentium Dual-Core E2140, 1.8GHz Pentium Dual-Core E2160, 2GHz Pentium Dual-Core E2180, and the 2.2GHz Pentium Dual-Core E2200. The Pentium Dual-Core chips are priced from $64 to $84, in 1,000 unit quantities.
DigiTimes added that the single-core Celeron 440, 430 and 420 will continue to defend the entry-level segment, while in the second quarter, Intel will phase out the E1200 and 420, making way for the aforementioned E1400.