Intel plans 200MHz PC bus to cut bottlenecks

Intel plans 200MHz PC bus to cut bottlenecks
Tom Foremski Intel will introduce a 200MHz PC system bus within the next two years, says a top US industry expert. Speaking at the Microsoft WinHEC conference in Florida, Michael Slater, principal analyst of US market research firm MicroDesign Resources, said that Intel will most likely introduce a 200MHz PC system bus in 1999. This will be required to avoid system bottlenecks as new generation 700MHz Pentium microprocessors such as Katmai are introduced, boosting dramatically the performance of PCs Intel is readying a 100MHz PC system bus, but this will not be around for long “if they (Intel) are to get the full benefit of the Rambus DRAM,” Slater said during the show presentation. Intel declined to comment on future products but it has stressed the need for overcoming bottlenecks in a relentless bid to boost PC system performance. Intel has been investing heavily in dozens of companies developing applications and technologies that require faster PCs. But it is facing a threat to its core business as low end PCs start dominating sales.


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