Intel Corporation has a line of computer processors that are classified under the family names of Celeron, Pentium, and Itanium, in ascending order of processing speed and power. Celeron processors, while the least powerful, are still versatile enough to access the Internet, use multimedia software, and accomplish word processing and other common business tasks. The Celeron processor, while more advanced than Intel's older generation of processors, lacks the extra on-board memory to speed up communication between the processor and other hardware devices found in the Pentium line. The Pentium family contains a range of processors, listed from the slowest to the fastest: the basic Pentium, Pentium Overdrive, Pentium MMX, Pentium II, Pentium II Overdrive, Pentium II Xeon, Pentium III, and Pentium III Xeon. Intel also offers mobile versions of its Celeron and Pentium I, II, and III processors for use in portable computers. The Pentium Xeon line is designed for high-end business workstations and servers. Each generation of Pentium processor offers greater processing power than the last due to faster components and more efficient design. Beyond its Celeron and Pentium families of processors, Intel also produces a processor, intended mostly for Internet servers, called the Itanium, previously known as Merced, the fastest and most advanced of all Intel's processors. For more information, consult a computer professional.
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