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Celeron is a family of budget x86 and IA-32 Intel processors based on Pentium designs. Although initially based on the architecture of the Intel II, the Celeron processors later migrated to Pentium III. Compared to Pentium counterparts, Celeron processors are priced lower and have some of the high-end processor features disabled. Celeron processors are often the main microprocessor of budget personal computers and laptops.
Celeron processors were introduced in 1998 to address Intel’s loss of the low-end market. Celeron CPUs are mostly packaged in the same manner as the Pentium or other Intel-branded microprocessors. However, different packaging types were adopted for the different generations of Celeron processors. For example, Celerons based on the Pentium II core were packaged in a plastic PGA form or in Slot 1, compared to packaging in an FC-PGA package for Celeron chips based on the Pentium III core. Similar to other P6 microprocessors by Intel, Celeron processors can perform symmetric multiprocessing.
Due to the smaller size of L2 cache, Celerons are slower than the similarly clocked Pentiums. They also have lower bus speed than similar Pentium processors.
Celeron microprocessors provide decent performance for home and business users and to users who do basic tasks and surf the internet. Celeron processors are not recommended for power users and heavily hardware-dependent game users.