Intel Accelerates The Celeron

THE MARCH OF THE SUB-$1,000 PC CONTINUES, and Intel wants to lead the parade. The company will advance delivery of a new Celeron chip aimed at cheap PCs by one quarter, to August. That could help it win back share from Advanced Micro Devices and National Semiconductor. AMD and National supplied 67% of the processors used in sub-$1,000 PCs sold in June through dealers, says researcher PC Data. The chip will replace the original Celeron, which was panned by techies, and will sell for $150 to $200. One boost for Intel: IBM is considering using the new Celeron instead of AMD's K6 in some Aptiva PCs.