Intel turns down the power with latest Celeron

Intel introduced an ultra-low-power version of its Celeron processor Monday, designed for use in embedded applications such as network appliances, industrial controls and game consoles.

The 400MHz Ultra Low Voltage Celeron has 256K bytes of on-chip cache, uses a 100MHz front-side bus and runs on a 0.95 volt power supply. The lower voltage reduces the heat dissipation for the 400MHz chip to a maximum of 4.2 watts, allowing the chip to operate in small, enclosed spaces without a fan, Intel said.

The new Celeron chip competes directly against low-end x86-compatible processors, such as Via Technologies Inc.'s C3, that are designed for use in embedded applications. Via has used the C3's low-power characteristics and ability to operate without a fan to differentiate the chip from processors produced by Intel and others.

Two Taiwanese board makers, Portwell Inc. and Axiom Technology Inc., have already announced products based on the 400MHz Ultra Low Voltage Celeron. Portwell has designed a board based on the chip that can be used in systems such as a point-of-sale terminal and Axiom has produced a board designed for use in industrial applications.

The 400MHz Ultra Low Voltage Celeron is available for US$38 in 1,000-unit quantities, a standard measure for processor pricing.

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