Intel took the wraps off several products yesterday, including the upcoming 1Ghz mobile Pentium III processor and a second-generation Itanium chip.
At the opening of this week's Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, the company showed off a thin, lightweight notebook running the 1Ghz chip, which will be introduced later this year as an upgrade to the current 700Mhz version.
The demonstration was the first public outing of the 1Ghz mobile Pentium III processor, which is manufactured using Intel's 0.13-micron process. The figure refers to the width of circuits that can be etched onto the surface of a chip.
In his keynote speech, Paul Otellini, executive vice president and general manager of the company's architecture group, remarked that Intel's Pentium III Xeon processor-based systems made up about 85 per cent of servers sold last year, and that unit sales of the chip increased more than 50 per cent in the same period.
He added that the company will continue to evolve its 32bit server chips and expects to introduce a 900Mhz Pentium III Xeon-based server this quarter. Intel also plans to roll out a Pentium 4-based Xeon processor, codenamed Foster, in the second quarter, running at about 1.4Ghz.
"The Foster product will have one and a half to two times the performance of current offerings because it has been specifically designed to handle complex server workloads," said Otellini.
He also claimed that Intel's Itanium processor is gaining momentum. The company counts more than 300 software applications available for the processor, and said that pilot systems have been delivered to 500 small businesses.
Also demonstrated was McKinley, Intel's second-generation Itanium processor, which was shown running Hewlett Packard's HP-UX operating system and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows and Linux.
Intel has provided sample McKinley chips to three unnamed server manufacturers in the past three weeks. Pilot systems will be rolled out later this year with commercial systems available in 2002.
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