Intel's new budget Celeron processor line will this year gain the Intel equivalent of an AMD64-like 64-bit addressing system - EM64T.

The roadmaps reveal that Q2 will witness the debut of EM64T-equipped desktop Celerons with model number 326, 331, 336, 341, 346 and 351, clocked at 2.53, 2.66, 2.8, 2.93, 3.06 and 3.2GHz, respectively. It is believed that the Socket 775 parts will replace today's 775-pin Celerons.

Furthermore, Intel's dual-core Pentium 4 processor, 'Smithfield', is now in production. We should see a launch of that chip in Q2 of this year.

In other Intel news, the chipmaker today showed the world a glimpse of the future of its Itanium processor family. The new model, codenamed Poulson, will succeed Tukwila, an Itanium processor due in 2007 that had previously been code-named Tanglewood. This is confirmation that Intel has long term plans for the Itanium.