Intel's Bay Trail design to be used in future Celeron and Pentium chips

Intel's plans for its upcoming Bay Trail processor design, the successor to Clover Trail, will expand beyond its use in future Atom chips. On Friday, the company confirmed the Bay Trail design will also be in chips made for two other Intel processor brands.

PC World reports, via an Intel spokesperson, that variations of the Bay Trail design will also be used as the basis for Celeron-branded chips made for mobile devices and Pentium chips created for low-cost PCs. The current Celeron and Pentium chips are based on versions of Intel's Ivy Bridge design, which are also used in their more powerful Core processors.

The Bay Trail processor design is based on the Silvermont microarchitecture, which Intel claims will give Atom chips up to three times the performance compared to the current Clover Trail design while also using five times less power. It's expected to launch in Atom chips by the end of the year.

Intel and other PC makers will almost certainly show off Windows 8 and Android tablets running on Bay Trail-based Atom chips next week as part of the Computex trade show in Taiwan, along with PCs running on the next version of their Core processors, code-named Haswell.

Source: PC World | Image via Intel

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They shouldn't be called "Celeron" and "Pentium" then. I was confused for a while how a "Pentium" in a modern laptop was giving better benchmark scores than an older Core 2. Then I found out "Pentium" is now just a branding. Either way, they offer consumers quite a bit of power.

Because it's based on i-series - not Core 2. That is why I referred to the *original* Celerons and Pentiums doing all the tarnishing - the Core 2-based Celerons and Pentiums (Celeron DualCore and Pentium DualCore, respectively) were based on either Conroe or Wolfdale - with the latter also supporting VT-x; I have one of each sort of Celeron DC (E1200 is Conroe-based, while E3400 is Wolfdale-based). Also, the overclock like Visigoths after pillaging Starbucks.

The Ivy Bridge Pentium (same socket) does. And did you check if there is a setting for Extended Processor Tables in your UEFI? It could be that it's switched off there (as some early OEMs did with VT-x).

You'd have to be an utter fool to write off Intel. They might be late to the game, but Bay Trail sounds like a beast. Plus yearly updates to Atom going forward.. I bet companies like Qualcomm are watching over their shoulders.

First, get rid of the name Celeron and Atom. Both names are tarnished. Get new names. Like who wants to named their kid "Hitler"?

If they are, I will recommend that everyone I know avoid them like the Black Death. The current generation of Celerons and Pentiums, like the previous generation, have done TONS to erase the bad taste the original generation left in a lot of mouths. (The current generation are basically cut-down Ivy Bridge i3s - WITH their EPT intact, which means they can leverage Hyper-V current-generation better than the LGA775 generation - in its entirety.)