Farewell Pentium and Celeron
Intel is to retire its Pentium and Celeron processor families in the consumer market next year, exactly 30 years after the Pentium brand was launched.
Pentium was introduced as the successor to the 80486 in 1993 as a response to the various clone devices, as the 486 branding could not be trademarked. Cyrix continued with the 586 while Intel went on with the Pentium II and III, Pentium M and even leading to the ill-fated Quark IoT processor.
Along with the Celeron brand, unkindly nicknamed ‘Deceleron’, Pentium will be replaced by the generic Intel Processor in notebook PCs in 2023. This will cover the Intel Core, Evo and vPro processor families.
However the company points out that the brand leaves its current product offerings and product roadmap unchanged. The Celeron parts are still used in single board computers.
“Whether for work or play, the importance of the PC has only become more apparent as the torrid pace of technological development continues to shape the world. Intel is committed to driving innovation to benefit users, and our entry-level processor families have been crucial for raising the PC standard across all price points. The new Intel Processor branding will simplify our offerings so users can focus on choosing the right processor for their needs,” said Josh Newman, Intel vice president and interim general manager of Mobile Client Platforms
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