It looks certain that PCs based on Intel's Klamath slot architecture using Pentium Pros will be on sale by this Christmas. This, coupled with a shortage of consumer software before next autumn, casts doubt on the attractiveness of the new Pentium MMX machines in the consumer market.
John Shepheard, UK country manager at Gateway 2000, said his firm will introduce a Klamath-based home PC in time for the festivities in December.
Ian Wilson, European technology manager at Intel, showed a variety of games software packages for the chip at a presentation in London yesterday but said most of them, which he estimated as 100 in number, are likely to arrive at the end of the year. Only four or five are currently shipping and a source at Microsoft confirmed it was writing its multimedia and consumer software for this Christmas, rather than last.
Wilson claimed the MMX family of microprocessors provide faster alternative Pentium processors for desktops. The family includes 166MHz and 200MHz Pentiums for desktops and specifically designed noteboook chips running at 150MHz and 166MHz. Wilson said it was aiming the family at the business rather than consumer market.
He said: ?This will become deployed by the business segment. A business user using mobile PCs could clearly benefit.? But he contradicted himself later saying that the Pentium Pro, currently a different family of chips, continues to be the best choice for business users. When Klamath emerges, it will incorporate Pentium Pro and the MMX extensions.
Asked whether Intel will position its Klamath card for home users this Christmas, Wilson said: ?The Pro is a good solution for the business user. Systems based on the Pro are a good solution for that market segment. The answer is we expect people to buy Pentium MMX machines.?
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