We have been hearing stories that Intel has shipped its first Sandy Bridge-based Celeron chip to suppliers for a couple of weeks. The chip is important because it has Intel’s second-generation Core CPUs with integrated graphics built onto a single die. Intel’s Celeron B810 processor, which initially appeared in specifications for new notebooks from Fujitsu, is going to be priced at $86 if you want a 1,000 of them.
Intel is saying nothing official other than what is posted on its website. At the site, it says that the Celeron B810 includes integrated graphics processing capability. However it does not offer the built-in Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 or Quick Sync technology available on other Sandy Bridge chips.
Turbo Boost enables faster processing compared to the base operating frequency, while Quick Sync converts HD video content to other formats for mobile gear.
The chip will be an important boost to Intel’s Celeron line up which currently includes the E3500, E3400, and E3300 desktop processors.
The E300 series has two cores, two threads, and 1MB of cache built onto a 45-nm fabrication process. The E3500 Celeron chip runs at 2.7GHz, according to Intel, and will set you back at $52; the E3400 runs at 2.6GHz and costs $42; and the E3300 processor runs at 2.5GHz and starts at $43.
Earlier this month Fujitsu’s 2011 End User Reference Price List said that Intel would launch its next-generation Sandy Bridge-based processor in March. The list had April 1 is listed as the launch date for Celeron-powered Fujitsu systems, placing the Celeron B810’s toward the end of March.