New Pentium III chip surpasses 1 GHz

New Pentium III chip surpasses 1 GHz

By Mark A. Kellner

Special to GCN

AUG. 1—Intel Corp., beaten to the 1-GHz barrier last year when Advanced Micro Devices Inc. released its latest Athlon chip, has now leapfrogged ahead with a 1.13-GHz Pentium III processor for desktop PCs.

In unveiling the new chip yesterday, Intel said Dell Computer Corp. and IBM Corp. will be first out of the gate with computers using the new chips, whose Slot 1 packaging will not fit notebook PC designs.

Intel spokesman George Alfs said 1.13 GHz will be Intel's maximum speed until the Pentium IV arrives later this year. He said the new processor is designed to work with fast system boards and Rambus dynamic RAM memory.

Intel announced benchmark results running Microsoft Windows 2000 that were slightly higher-by about 5 percent-for the 1.13-GHz Pentium III compared with its1-GHz predecessor.

The faster processor "is designed to work with more of a desktop system board and wouldn't be the best choice for a server environment," he said. For server applications, Alfs said, Intel is still banking on its Pentium III Xeon and the still-pending 64-bit Itanium. The Itanium will go into pilot systems late this year, he said, but won't be available in production quantities until next year.

John Greenagle, a spokesman for Advanced Micro Devices of Sunnyvale, Calif., said the company "will have a 1.1-GHz Athlon CPU available at the end of August, and we've been able to produce them in volume." He added, "We'll have faster parts in the fourth quarter; we have not provided speed parameters on those."


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