Next year may be the Year of the Rat in China, but over in Santa Clara it is destined to be the year of the dual core processor, or rather the end of the single core processor. That's because, despite having clung onto the tail end of Intel's product tree well past its prime, the venerable single core Celeron line will see its first dual core sibling come Q1'08.
Called the E1200, the new chip will be based on Intel's older 65nm Conroe die, not the newer 45nm Penryn, will clock in at 1.6GHz on an 800MHz FSB, have a 512Kb L2 cache and cost $53 in the usual 1,000-unit batches. This puts it at a similar price to a 2.0GHz current Celeron, though performance should be much improved.
Despite being, at least in my experience, rather outclassed by AMD's Sempron range the Celeron is a staple of low-end OEM systems, including many from the likes of Acer and Dell. Adding dual core options to the mix isn't likely to do Intel any harm, while those who want the multi-tasking benefits of a dual core system but at a budget price will certainly appreciate this development.
Fare thee well single core processors, we do not lament your passing.