Intel to launch Pentium III amid privacy protests

Intel to launch Pentium III amid privacy protests
Tom Foremski
Intel ignored a threatened boycott and publicly revealed its new Pentium III microprocessor at an event in Silicon Valley.
Several companies discussed plans to build Pentium III systems and develop software that takes advantage of the chip’s electronic identification number, a controversial feature that has alarmed some privacy groups.
The demonstration of the Pentium II comes just days before rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is expected to introduce a competing microprocessor. AMD’s K6-III is expected to be announced on Monday and its performance should be comparable with that of the Pentium III. AMD usually tries to match Intel microprocessor features but it has stayed away from including an electronic ID number in the chip.

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