Intel has given a preview of what kind of processor performance PC users can expect this year, along with a preview of the future with a demonstration of a system running a Pentium II chip at over 700MHz.
The technology demonstration of a 0.25-micron Pentium II processor running at clock-speeds as high as 702MHz shows off the processor family's speed, said Albert Yu, Intel's senior vice president, microprocessor products group.
"This is the first time we have reached 700MHz," said Yu.
By 2000, Intel processors could reach speeds higher than 1GHz, predicted Yu in a question and answer session following his presentation titled "Intel Architecture for Everyone."
Most of the presentation, however, was about processors that users can expect to see in systems this year, and included the following:
-- On April 2 Intel will introduce its first mobile Pentium II processors, running at clock-speeds of 233MHz and 266MHz, followed by a 300MHz model later this year, Yu said.
The mobile Pentium II chips will come in a new mini-cartridge module with 512K bytes of integrated Level 2 cache memory. The new packaging will be about a quarter the size and one sixth the weight of the current Pentium II cartridges for desktop PCs.
-- Within the next 30 days, Intel will also introduce the first member of its new Celeron family of low-cost processors aimed at what the chip giant calls the "Basic PC" segment. The first Celeron chip will run at 266MHz, and come in a new form-factor called SEPP (single-edge processor product), Yu said.
Targeted squarely at the sub-US$1,000 market, the chip will have no on-board cache, but the SEPP card will fit into the same Slot 1 architecture that today houses the Pentium II chips.
In this year's fourth quarter, Intel will introduce a follow-up to the first Celeron product, Yu said. Intel has yet to name the product, which will run at 300MHZ and include on-chip Level 2 cache, he added.
-- Also in April, Intel will introduce new additions to its Slot 1 Pentium II family running at clock-speeds as high as 400MHz, and featuring a 100MHz system bus, Yu said. In this year's second half, a 450MHz will also be introduced, he added.
-- By mid-year, meanwhile, Intel will introduce a new high-bandwith architecture for high-end workstations and servers, that will include Pentium II processors in a new packaging that will fit into a new Slot 2 architecture and allow for up to four processor systems. The package will feature up to 2M-bytes of integrated Level 2 cache that will run at the same clock-speed as the processor, Yu said.
Yu showed a prototype of the new package, which appeared to be about three time the size of the current Pentium II cartridge.
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