Customers buying workstations from Compaq face difficulties later this year as Intel shuts down supply of 300MHz/Pentium II processors.
Compaq today offered two workstations which it said will ?keep it in the top spot? as the market moves on. But the 300MHz/PII processor, which Intel will announce at Siggraph CAD expo in early August, has only a limited shelf-life, as previously revealed in VNU Newswire.
Hugh Jenkins, UK product marketing manager of networking at Compaq UK, said: ?The 300MHz/PII is not available yet. We hope to ship that in a month or so?s time. Our view is that customers will still want it [despite its limited availability]. We will offer it.?
He said his company was aware that there would not be a big availability of the Klamath PII/300MHz processors but that Compaq was majoring on the 266MHz processors instead. That will lead on to the so-called Deschutes platform, widely expected to be available early next year.
Jenkins said that Compaq will still sell Pentium Pro machines in the intervening period. He said ?future platforms? will extend beyond where the Pentium II is today. That will mean 8-way SMP processors are likely to be available in the first quarter of next year, he said.
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