Intel Corporation announced this week that it is developing new processor packages that are significantly smaller than today's units, allowing the company to increase performance while lowering costs. The technology was originally developed for laptop computers, where space is at a premium and lower temperatures are imperative. The first desktop units to feature this new packaging will be 500 MHz Pentium II systems that are now expected this fall.

For the low-end Celeron, cost-cutting comes in the form of a move from the Pentium II-style "Slot 1" connector to the older Pentium/Pentium MMX socket connector. Despite the company's earlier move away from socket connectors, Intel says the change back will not affect the performance of Celeron