Leading hardware companies moved to make clear their product strategies for 1997 and onwards and outlined their plans, as additional details of Intel?s Deschutes and Klamath technology percolated into the public domain.
A source at one of the biggest PC companies said that his company will continue to major on the Pentium Pro in 1997. ?The Klamath is the Pro but in different packaging but it?s a card design rather a pinout,? he said. ?The cache on the card means a slower cache and the speed will be half that of the Pro.?
He said that performance on the 266MHz Klamath card and the Pro will be approximately the same. ?The two are running neck-and-neck and Klamath won?t scale,? he said. ?It?s cheaper for Intel to make cache on a card rather than within the Pro, which is a very expensive solution.?
Hardware vendors will only offer the Klamath card in 1997, he said. ?This is desktop technology. Klamath will only be aimed at the bottom end server market. You won?t get ECC memory on the card until later in 1997.?
He said that hardware vendors could either buy the CPU card from Intel and build their own technology round it or, his words, ?take the whole Intel shooting match.? He claimed Dell was doing that with Klamath.
He revealed that the one-slot and two-slot Deschutes processor solution was a different matter. ?Deschutes is very scalable. That will take people well into 1998. We?re saying that Pro technology will continue right through until the next generation of P7 technology.?
Hans Sparkes, enterprise server manager at the Mitsubishi Electric PC Division, said: ?The Pentium Pro is the processor tool of choice for serious servers. Klamath is designed for the volume market.? But his view of the technology differed from that of a highly placed source at another first-tier vendor. He said: ?Some leading-edge design manufacturers will come up with dual-processor technology for the Klamath design.? He confirmed that hardware companies will come out with 440BX and 450NX technology leading to much higher amount of cache memory. Klamath, he said, will be aimed at volume desktop sales while Deschutes will be targeted more carefully.
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