Intel leaps past AMD with new 1.13-GHz chip

Intel leaps past AMD with new 1.13-GHz chip

By Mark A. Kellner

Special to GCN

SANTA CLARA, Calif.'Although Advanced Micro Devices Inc. beat Intel Corp. to market last year with a 1-GHz desktop processor, Intel has now leapfrogged with a slightly faster 1.13-GHz Pentium III.

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

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

Intel announced benchmark results with Microsoft Windows 2000 that were slightly higher'about 5 percent'for the 1.13-GHz Pentium III compared with its 1-GHz predecessor.

Best for desktops

The fastest Pentium III '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, the chipmaker 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.

Alfs deflected questions about rumors of a continued delay in the 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating system being readied for the Itanium.

A Microsoft spokeswoman, who asked that her name not be used, said, 'Once systems based on the Itanium chip become available, Microsoft will be there with a version of Windows that supports 64-bit processors.'

Spokesman John Greenagle of AMD of Sunnyvale, Calif., said the company 'will have a 1.1-GHz Athlon CPU available at the end of this month, and we've been able to produce them in volume.'


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