Intel to launch new Core i7 and Celeron series CPUs in 2H09

Intel plans to launch new 45nm Celeron E3000 series CPUs targeting the entry-level market in third-quarter 2009 to replace the current Celeron E1000 series. The company will also release a new Core i7 CPU in the fourth quarter, according to sources at motherboard makers.

Intel will launch two CPUs under the Celeron E3000 series initially in the third quarter the Celeron E3200 and E3300, featuring core frequencies of 2.4GHz, and 2.5GHz, respectively, as well as the same 1MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB, and 65W TDP. Celeron E3000 series CPUs will support VT-x virtualization. Intel will launch the Core i7 960 CPU in the fourth quarter, with a core frequency of 3.2GHz.

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