What Does Celeron Mean?

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.


Techopedia Explains Celeron

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.


Related Terms

Latest Hardware Terms

Related Reading

Margaret Rouse

Margaret Rouse is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical, business audience. Over the past twenty years her explanations have appeared on TechTarget websites and she's been cited as an authority in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine and Discovery Magazine.Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages. If you have a suggestion for a new definition or how to improve a technical explanation, please email Margaret or contact her…