Decide for yourself whether this is a good thing or not, but according to Intel
, reports of the Celeron's
death have been greatly exaggerated. Responding to Internet rumblings that Intel would phase out the Celeron brand in 2011, the world's largest chip maker said the rumors are false, plain and simple.
"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 Honk Kong, in an email response to ComputerWorld.
News and rumor site Digitimes first reported that Intel had told its notebook partners of its supposed plans to first gradually reduce the production of Celeron chips, and then phase them out altogether next year. Digitimes did acknowledge in the report that Intel was denying the rumor, so who knows what's really going on.
For the time being at least, Celeron will live on. Intel plans to launch several new Celeron chips in September of this year, ranging in price fro $86 to $134.