Reports: Intel's Sandy Bridge-Based Celeron B810 Processor Ships

Various online reports on Monday said Intel has shipped its first Sandy Bridge-based Celeron chip featuring the chipmaker’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 reportedly priced at $86 when purchased in quantities of 1,000.

An Intel spokesperson contacted by CRN declined a request for comment.

According to details for the Celeron B810 posted on Intel’s Web site, the chip includes integrated graphics processing capability, but 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 consumption on mobile devices.

Intel’s current Celeron lineup includes its E3500, E3400, and E3300 desktop processors. Each of the E300 series Celeron chips features 2 Cores, 2 threads, and 1 MB of cache built onto a 45-nm fabrication process. The E3500 Celeron chip runs at 2.7 GHz, according to Intel, and starts at $52; the E3400 runs at 2.6 GHz and starts at $42; and the E3300 processor runs at 2.5 GHz and starts at $43.

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Several reports emerged earlier this month stating that Intel could launch its next-generation Sandy Bridge-based processor in March. The reports were based on details from Fujitsu’s 2011 End User Reference Price List, in which April 1 is listed as the launch date for Celeron-powered Fujitsu systems, placing the Celeron B810’s toward the end of March.

Fujitsu’s specifications included basic details regarding Intel’s upcoming Celeron product. The dual-core processor listed in those specifications offers 2 MB L2 cache, 1.6 GHz core clock speed, and compatibility with socket G2 motherboards.

According to those specifications, Fujitsu’s Lifebook A531 and AH531 notebooks will feature Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 Intel Celeron B810 processors running at 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz, and 2.7 GHz respectively.