With no Celeron products released for the Nehalem generation, and the introduction of Atom, rumours spread citing the demise of the Celeron branding, which Intel was quick to deny. Fudzilla now reports that the Celeron branding will indeed be back from the dead with the Sandy Bridge generation. The first Sandy Bridge Celeron is expected to release in Q3 2010, with a price tag of $49.

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With no Celeron products released for the Nehalem generation, and the introduction of Atom, rumours spread citing the demise of the Celeron branding, which Intel was quick to deny.
Fudzilla now reports that the Celeron branding will indeed be back from
the dead with the Sandy Bridge generation. The first Sandy Bridge
Celeron is expected to release in Q3 2010, with a price tag of $49.

However, Celeron didn’t really die. While no Nehalem Celerons made it to retail, there was a limited OEM version targeted at low-cost business computers in developing countries – Celeron G1101. There was also just a single Pentium – G6950. Since Nehalem was split over two generations – 45nm for quad cores; 32nm for dual/six cores – the large range and quantity of Core 2 based Pentium and Celeron have continued to be on the market, leaving little room for new Nehalem based Pentium and Celeron CPUs.

Sandy Bridge sees a return to simultaneous release for dual/quad core mainstream and performance products, and with it, we can expect a major jump for the Celeron brand.

We can expect Sandy Bridge Celeron to be dual-core, and feature much lower clock speeds, with Turbo, HyperThreading disabled, and possibly lower L3 cache. The IGP core is also expected to be downclocked.

We are still about a year away from the possible release of Sandy Bridge Celeron – so a lot could change between now and then.

Reference: Fudzilla