Intel's failure to deliver the new fast Camino chipset with its 133MHz front side bus (FSB) has thrown plans for the PIII range into confusion.
The next PIII was due to be a 533MHz part, shipping around June, but Intel's difficulty with Direct Rambus (RDram) memory has put paid to those plans.
Instead, Intel will release the 100MHz FSB PIII 550MHz using the BX chipset. Sources close to Intel think the 550MHz bruiser will cost around $750 when it appears, meaning its 500MHz and 450MHz siblings will be reduced in price by around $100.
Now the only question remaining is whether there are any BX motherboards out there that have beefy enough voltage regulators to handle the demands of the new part, which is expected to hit the shelves sometime in May or June.
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