Intel continues shift to Sandy Bridge

Chipzilla has been quietly bumping off its Westmere mobile processors with its new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. However, there have been two noticeable exceptions.

Intel Celeron has two low budget chips with the handles Celeron 763 and 925 which use the three-year old Penryn core.

According to CPU World these are about to be taken out to a Berlin wood and discreetly shot in the back of the head.

The 925 will be replaced by the Celeron B710 in the third quarter of this year. Also Intel will bring out its two ultra-low voltage Celeron 787 and 857 processors, and the 787 model will replace Celeron 763.

All this will mean that Intel will have a complete line of single- and dual-core Celerons for consumer and embedded markets all packed with Sandy Bridge core goodness.

Intel Celeron 857 is an upgrade to the 847 model, which only appeared in the shops a week ago. It will have two CPU cores, operating at 1.2GHz, and paired with 2MB L3 cache.

It will only have the basic instruction set extensions such as Virtualisation and Intel 64. The on-chip graphics unit is also pretty primitive being an ancient looking gnome with a paint brush. Apparently the gnome has been clocked at 350 MHz under normal conditions, or up to 1GHz in Turbo mode. After that burst though, he might need a lie down.

Celeron 787 is a single-core CPU with 1.3GHz clock frequency, and 1MB L3 cache. It is also low on features other than shipping with a a lower 950 MHz maximum GPU turbo frequency. Intel wants this to replace the Celeron 763.

The new Celerons will have 17 Watt TDP. It is possible that they could be released as early as next week, platform tickets permitting.