A document from Intel has revealed its product strategy up to the year 1999 based on new processor technology using a proprietary architecture.
Next February the company will release the Klamath processor card and already has plans to supplant Pentium Pros in the second half of 1997. Later, Intel will release a Deschutes processor card aimed at the high-end server market which will build on Klamath slot-technology to give speeds of up to 300mhz and second level cache up to one megabyte of memory.
That means that Intel will make greater volumes of the Pentium Pro than Klamath in the first half of 1997 but the document says ?Klamath will ramp strongly? in the second half of next year as Intel reduces the number of Pentium Pros it makes.
The developments mean reductions in the price of Pentium Pros next February when Intel introduces the Klamath. The Pro will cost $1,105 dollars in February and a 233Mhz version of the Klamath card will start at $725. Prices are in quantities of 1,000 for major manufacturers. The Pentium Pro 150 will not be in existence then.
The Klamath card which the document shows will run at 233mhz and include 512K of level 2 cache includes Intel chip, processor card, tag Ram and burst mode synchronous memory running at 133mhz. That development will mean the proprietary design will run faster than existing Pro machines.
The document says that the Klamath will drive down the cost of entry of mid-range servers while providing system level features. The Klamath card will create a space for a Deschutes processor card which uses the same microprocessor architecture but running at speeds of between 266 and 300 Mhz. It will include two modules of 16K first level cache.
In the first quarter of 1998 Intel will introduce one slot and two slot Deschutes architecture using between 1 and 2 megabytes of second level cache and operating with buses which run as fast as 100mhz.
Intel?s next stage is to introduce something called Proliferation Technology which will constitute a new platform.
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