Intel will decommission its legendary Celeron and Pentium manufacturers used for primary pocket book CPUs. As a substitute, beginning in 2023, they are going to be known as the somewhat humble “Intel Processor” title. The transfer will permit the corporate to sharpen its concentrate on premium Core, Evo, and vPro manufacturers and promote extra premium CPUs.
Intel’s pocket book product stack at this time consists of a wide range of Core-branded processors for high-performance, mid-range, and entry-level laptops, in addition to Pentium and Celeron-badged CPUs for cheap important techniques. Ranging from 2023, Intel will unite its Pentium and Celeron product households below the Intel Processor umbrella and can proceed to deal with respective market segments. The brand new model leaves unchanged Intel’s current processors (they are going to promote below their very own names) and the corporate’s product roadmap.
“The brand new Intel Processor branding will simplify our choices so customers can concentrate on selecting the best processor for his or her wants,” mentioned Josh Newman, Intel vp and interim normal supervisor of Cell Shopper Platforms.
Whereas the merge could clear up some confusion between numerous Pentium and Celeron-branded laptop computer choices, it may also create some new puzzlements.
Intel’s cellular Pentium Gold merchandise are based mostly on the corporate’s designs that includes high-performance or high-performance and energy-efficient cores, due to this fact providing an expertise corresponding to that of fully-fledged Core processors. For instance, the corporate at the moment presents Pentium Gold-badged Alder Lake CPUs with one high-performance Golden Cove and 4 energy-efficient Gracemont cores (8505).
Intel’s cellular Celeron processors are additionally based mostly on the corporate’s designs with efficiency (6305) or efficiency and environment friendly cores (7305). Nevertheless, since they sit under cellular Pentiums, they’ve decrease clocks, have smaller caches, or lack sure options. But, these are nonetheless fairly succesful chips for primary workloads.
Merging cellular Pentium Gold and Celeron product households into one Intel Processor lineup is sensible on the situation that mannequin numbers precisely symbolize their efficiency and capabilities.
There are different Celeron and Pentium-branded processors for laptops too. Intel’s cellular Celeron N and Pentium Silver processors are based mostly on energy-efficient Atom-class cores and barely provide efficiency that’s even barely near that of cellular Pentium Gold and ‘vanilla’ Celeron CPUs with high-performance cores. Intel didn’t replace these product households this yr as its Alder Lake-N design that includes solely energy-efficient Gracemont cores will not be but right here. However Intel is definitely prepping these system-on-chips for launch, and so they may deal with market segments of Celeron N and Pentium Silver.
We have no idea whether or not or not Intel plans so as to add Alder Lake-N into the Intel Processor lineup for cellular PCs. But when it does, pouring in designs based mostly solely on energy-efficient Atom-class cores into the lineup with fairly totally different chips will create quite a lot of confusion.
For now, Intel will proceed to make use of Celeron and Pentium manufacturers for desktop and embedded functions. When requested how this branding change would have an effect on desktops, Intel advised us, “Desktop has no new merchandise on this section slated for Q1 ’23.”