Intel showed off a new P6 processor design that runs at 400MHz at a secret meeting in the US last week.
The private meeting, held at the Electrical and Electronics Engineer International Solid State Circuits conference in San Francisco, was part of a discussion on .35 micron technology.
The new Intel chip has MMX capability and a projected performance of 12.0 Spec. Int '95 (Intel's own benchmark). This is considerably faster than the current Pentium Pro 200, which has a Spec. Int '95 rating of 8.58. A 300MHz version of the processor was also shown at the conference.
Separately, an internal document has come to light outlining Intel's plans for Klamath, the processor it is due to launch in May.
Klamath is a super Pentium Pro with MMX and cache, and will be clocked initially at 233MHz and 266MHz. The chip will be pitched at the corporate market to begin with, moving towards the consumer sector at the end of the year.
The internal document also reveals Intel's plans to introduce modular designs for the Klamath which will give users a choice of different cache sizes. Six cache sizes will be available in total - three for the 233MHz version of the chip and three for the 266MHz.
In June Intel will introduce a Pentium with MMX clocked at 233MHz. In August, the price of the processor will be cut, according to the document, and the standard Pentium 200 (without MMX) repositioned as an entry-level product.
Intel refused to comment but said an official announcement will take place next week. This is expected to be publication of the roadmap.
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