Sources at notebook makers told DigiTimes that Intel will phase out its Celeron line in 2011, as these chips will be replaced with Pentium and dual-core Atom N-series processors.
Intel has informed its notebook partners about plans to gradually reduce the production of Celeron processors and will replace the product line with its Pentium and the dual-core Atom N-series. The schedule for a complete phase-out of the Celeron line has been set for 2011, according to sources from notebook players.
Intel has denied the rumors saying it has no plans to phase out the Celeron brand in 2011.
With Intel to launch dual-core Atom N processors in the third quarter, at a similar price level with existing Celeron processors, Intel's Celeron-phase-out plans will help the company avoiding the product lines competing for demand, the sources noted.