Details of Intel?s processor roadmap for the rest of the year have leaked, barely 10 days after the company announced its latest round of price cuts.
According to information from one of Intel?s distributors, the company will engage in another round of price cutting in April and then again in early June, these dates coinciding with the introduction of additional technology from the chip giant.
On 15 April 15, Intel will introduce a processor aimed at the network computer market, codenamed Covington, which is expected to cost $150 to the trade and OEMs.
It also has plans to introduce a line codenamed Mendocino, which will include cache on the chip and come in 300MHz and 333MHz flavours.
But Intel has denied that the Mendocino product will support Socket Seven and so mark a retrenchment of its slot technology. A spokesperson said: ?We will not use Socket Seven again. That is effectively dead.?
The price cuts on 15 April are expected to mean that the ceramic Pentium 233MHz MMX will drop to the $130 level, with prices falling again to $105 in early June. At that stage, the P166 MMX will disappear completely, with the 233MHz part falling to close to the $100 mark.
Introductions scheduled for mid-April include a 350MHz and a 400MHz processor using the promised BX chipset, as revealed on the 'VNU Newswire' in late 1996.
Although Intel will release Pentium IIs later in the year, using the BX chipset and with caches of as much as 2Mbytes and 1Mbyte, the 450MHz part it will release in early June will cost nearly $700 and only come with 512K internal cache.
It also appears that Intel has delayed the Slot 2 Deschutes technology, as predicted here earlier, which internal documents now show is not on the roadmap at least until autumn this year. When it is released, Deschutes Slot 2 will come at speeds of 400MHz, aimed at the twin, quadruple and octuple symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) market.
The roadmap 'VNU Newswire' has seen does not mention the Pentium Pro 1Mbyte part, which many high end server companies are currently selling to their customers before Slot 2 arrives.
Market analysts said at the time of the cuts on 26 January that the company was pushing hard to make the Pentium II the mass market processor of choice.
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