Intel launched a 1.2GHz version of its desktop Celeron chip yesterday, just two days after rival AMD upped the ante with a 1.1GHz processor.
Intel’s latest offering is the company's first desktop Celeron made using the 0.13 micron manufacturing process, a term that refers to the dimension of circuits etched on the surface of chips.
The 0.13 micron manufacturing process enables the creation of chips that run faster, generate less heat and consume less power. Previous versions of the desktop Celeron were made using the 0.18 micron manufacturing process.
The new Celeron also features 256KB of onchip Level 2 cache, Intel says. Level 2 cache stores data closer to the processor so it can be accessed more quickly, increasing performance. Until now, desktop Celeron chips, which are available in clock speeds of 800MHz, 850MHz, 900MHz, 950MHz, 1GHz and 1.1GHz, had just 128KB of cache memory.
Tuesday's announcement follows a flurry of new chips from Intel. The company launched 12 new processors on Monday, including the first 0.13 micron mobile Celeron processor.