Earlier on, we heard from Taiwanese sources that Intel will be phasing out the Celeron CPU brand sometime in 2011 as things move towards Sandy Bridge. No so, says Intel; the Celeron the will live on.
"The rumor is not true, Intel has no plan to phase out the Celeron brand in 2011. Intel Celeron processors continue to provide a low-cost computing solution for basic computing needs," wrote Barry Sum, an Intel spokesman in Hong Kong, in an e-mail response to questions from IDG.
X-bit labs still claims that it has seen roadmaps that show that the Celeron will not be moving to a Nehalem-based architecture, leaving some to wonder what will happen to the Celeron brand when the Core 2 family is no longer in production.
Right now, Intel scales its product offerings with the Atom, Celeron, Pentium, Core 2, and Core i brandings. While it may be a bit crowded now, the eventual drop of the Core 2 Duo products will give Intel a little more room to keep the Celeron in the lineup.