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Intel Demos First 1 Gigahertz Server

HOUSTON – In a keynote presentation delivered at Compaq Innovate Forum held here this week, Intel Corp. president and CEO Craig Barrett demonstrated a 1.007 gigahertz server, the first-ever public demonstration of Intel technology running at that clock rate.

The machine, built on a prototype Pentium III processor, was used to demonstrate electronic commerce operations using Wintel technology to attendees of the annual Compaq customer and business partner conference.

Barrett also announced a dual-voltage, dual-frequency processor intended for use in laptop machines. Code-named Geyserville, the processor is expected to be available in the third quarter of this year. The demonstration laptop machine used to display the dual-frequency processor switches the processor from 600 MHz mode while plugged into AC power, to 500 MHz or lower while running under battery power. The frequency and voltage switching enables the system to maximize power conservation while in disconnected mode. "In this instance, you’ll get the convenience of a laptop and the performance of a standard desktop PC," says Barrett.

Other products Barrett highlighted include plans for the release of a 550-MHz Pentium III processor in the first half of this year, and a 600 MHz P-III Xeon processor for the second half of 1999. He also said that Merced processors will be sampled later this year, with the product beginning to ship during 2000. Barrett says that 7 different operating systems, including Windows NT, have booted simulation systems that emulate the Merced instruction set. -- Al Gillen, Editor in Chief

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