Intel has delayed the release of its Klamath chip, blaming the failure of PC manufactures to catch up with the chip's advanced multimedia capabilities.
Jerry Parker, executive vice president of Intel's technology and manufacturing group, said in a conference with US journalists last week if Klamath was released on time it "would reach the market ahead of collateral technologies and products from other companies".
The chip, the next generation Pentium Pro, is now expected to arrive in March next year, up to two months later than originally planned.
Richard Baker, European marketing manager of Intel rival AMD, is not convinced Intel is telling the whole truth about the delay. He said: "By collateral, I take it they are referring to Natoma (the Klamath chipset) which Intel develops itself. In other words, its own technology is not ready to support the chip."
Brendan Sherry, marketing manager at Cyrix, concurred: "It sounds to me like there is a delay in one vital part of Klamath."
Linley Gwennap, editor in chief of the Microprocessor Report, doubts the delay will adversely impact Intel: "The Christmas rush is not really a big deal with the Klamath, because it's designed for the corporate user.
It will be interesting to see whether the same problems facing Klamath materialise with the P55C."
The P55C or Pentium with MMX is Klamath's little brother which is expected in January.
David Lau-Kee, managing director of software devleoper Criterion, was unperturbed by the delay: "Our MMX-enabled libraries and tools have been ready for some time now, but there may be developers out there who are slower at making the applications using those tools."
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