Intel plugs new sockets for Celeron

Aiming to reduce the cost of Basic PCs, Intel next year will offer Celeron processors in a pin-grid array (PGA) package that plugs in to a new socket that is an alternative to Slot 1.

So far called simply "370-pin Socket", the interface is not compatible with either Socket 7, the Pentium interface, or Socket 8, the Pentium Pro interface. It is meant to complement, not displace, the Slot 1 design, according to an Intel representative.

"We are not moving away from Slot 1," the representative said.

The first central processing units (CPUs) in the new package, to be introduced in the first half of next year, will be 300MHz and 333MHz Celeron chips with 128KB of integrated Level 2 (L2) cache. The processors, developed under code-name Mendocino, will also be available in Slot 1 packages.

The new socket will reduce manufacturing costs because it will not require the "goal post" mounting bracket of Slot 1 and will allow for a smaller heat sink.

The new package is just one technique Intel is developing to cut the cost of basic PCs -- those selling for less than $2000. The company has also developed smaller "MicroATX" motherboards and power supplies, and introduced a limited-functionality core-logic chip set, the 440EX, that is less expensive than the 440BX found in performance PCs.

Intel is also working on higher levels of integration for its CPUs and chip sets, adding larger on-chip L2 caches to the CPU and adding graphics functions to the core logic.

For example, Intel will integrate 256KB of L2 cache on a mobile Pentium II processor, also scheduled for the first half of next year. Developed under the code name Dixon, the CPU is smaller and less power-hungry than Pentium II processors with separate cache memory chips.

Complementing the 233MHz and 266MHz mobile Pentium II chips introduced this year, Intel will offer a 300MHz version later this year and a 333MHz CPU early next year.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Ada Chan

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

I highly recommend the Dynabook Portégé® X30L-G notebook for everyday business use, it is a benchmark setting notebook of its generation in the lightweight category.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?