Intel Takes Lead in Processor Speed War
- By Scott Bekker
- December 21, 1999
Intel Corp. released its fastest desktop processors yet -- two Pentium III processors
that run at 800 MHz and 750 MHz. They come three weeks after AMD introduced its
new Athlon processor, which like the new Pentium IIIs is built on 0.18-micron
technology, running at 750 MHz.
The new Intel processors feature advanced transfer cache and advanced system
buffering. These technologies boost performance by placing a full-speed level
two cache memory directly on the processor die and increasing the width of the
data pathway to the processor.
The advanced transfer cache includes 256 KB of on-die level two cache
running at full processor speed and connected to the processor via a new,
256-bit wide data path. Advanced system buffering technology increases the
number of buffers between the processor and its system bus to further speed the
flow of information for higher overall system performance.
The new Intel processors are currently shipping.
Contact Intel, (800) 628-8686, www.intel.com.
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.