Problems with positioning its range of chips has forced Intel to delay plans for its Klamath card while it attempts to produce a 400MHz+ version. This will prove to its customers that there is a clear performance boost over the Pentium Pro.
The move will allow Intel to sell Pentium MMX chips and also give it a window to manufacture additional Pentium Pro microprocessors to meet demand from corporate customers and vendors, before superseding them with Klamath. Its OEMs are only just beginning to deliver significant volumes of symmetric multiprocessing systems, which depend on fast Pentium Pros for high performance. Intel has admitted it has a problem in delivering enough of these parts to meet demand.
But last Friday Intel moved the goalposts once more when it demonstrated a Klamath running at 400MHz to selected US journalists. Analysts say that, although clock speeds may be higher than expected, the way cache memory is arranged on the processor card means that pure processing megahertz do not necessarily make it a faster chip. Another element likely to affect performance is bus speed.
The chip Intel demonstrated last week at the influential International Solid State Circuits conference in San Francisco is described as ?future technology?. This means that, although it performs in Intel labs, it will be some time before we?ll see such systems on the desktop.
Most OEMs have already complained that new daughtercard systems have heat problems, likely to be worsened in future Intel technology such as Deschutes.
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