Merced ready by autumn

Merced ready by autumn
Tom Foremski Intel has promised to have samples of its Merced microprocessor ready by this autumn. Speaking at the Innovate computer conference in Texas, Intel CEO Craig Barrett said the first Merced samples will be sent to customers within the next three to four months. Volume production remains on track for the middle of 2000. Merced is late, however, with Intel originally promising the chip in volume production by the end of this year. The company has also hedged its bets with plans to produce further generations of its 32-bit chips because of the delay in producing Microsoft Windows NT 64-bit operating systems which are necessary to unlock the performance of its IA-64 line. Barrett added that Intel’s Geyserville technology will be out by the end of this year which allows mobile versions of Pentium III to run at higher speeds when plugged into a power outlet.


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