Intel presented an update of its product roadmap at Microsoft?s Winhec show in Los Angeles on Friday.
Pat Gelsinger, vice president and general manager of Intel?s desktop products group, said that the low cost Celeron processor would see clock speeds increase to 500 MHz in the second half of the year.
The Pentium III, which was introduced in February at clock speeds of 450-550 MHz, would also move from .25 to .18 micron chip technology during 1999. This would lead to clock speeds of 600 MHz and upwards by the end of the year.
And during his presentation, Gelsinger held up what he claimed was the first .18 micron Pentium III wafer. He also demonstrated a socalled "next generation PC" with a 500 MHz Pentium III processor running on a preproduction motherboard with Direct RDRAM (Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory) and an ATA-66 interface.
He added that improvements to other PC technologies , such as the AGP 4X graphics bus and Direct RDRAM memory, would also help boost system performance by the second half of the year and storage bandwidth would improve with the move from ATA-33 to 66 MHz ATA-66.
In the notebook arena, Intel?s current top offering is a 366 MHz Pentium II, but by midyear, the chip giant plans to follow it up with mobile processors based on .18 micron technology that run at 400 and 433 MHz. By the end of the year, speeds will reach 600 MHz or higher, however.
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