Intel's Klamath processor came in for heavy criticism at the Cebit trade fair in Germany today, as it became increasingly likely that cost, performance and reliability are issues for PC builders.
The chip giant recruited a number of senior OEMs, including Siemens-Nixdorf, Mitsubishi, Olivetti and others, to demonstrate the Pentium II (Klamath), now slated for launch on 5 May.
But many of Intel's customers looked likely to reject the solution because, several said, it generates too much heat, costs up to $90 more than an equivalent system based on AMD or Cyrix processors, and shows no performance gains over the opposition.
One customer, which declined to be named, said: "We've had to install separate fans in addition to the big heat sink on the back of the Pentium II. That involved a redesign of the case so we could ship systems that do not overheat."
Cyrix took the opportunity to announce that it will release its rival processor to Klamath after AMD and Intel. It is expected to bring out its chip in June. Steve Tobak, vice president of marketing at the company, said: "Our architecture is very strong. We'll be compatible with any future extensions Intel brings out."
AMD still refused to say which OEMs will use its processors when it launches the K6 processor with MMX extensions on 2 April. Tobak said: "We and AMD are going to give Intel a run for its money. Klamath is a very expensive solution. We've focused on the midstream and consumer-based market."
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