Pentium III capabilities demonstrated at the Intel Developer Conference

Pentium III capabilities demonstrated at the Intel Developer Conference
Tom Foremski
Intel showed a Pentium III microprocessor running at more than 1000MHz as it tried to focus on the chip’s capabilities rather than its controversial electronic ID feature.
The demonstration was made at the Intel Developer Conference in California as Intel discussed new technologies. But the Pentium III demonstration involved a practice known as overclocking, which Intel discourages users from doing because it can shorten the life of the chip.
Intel did not say when it could commercially produce a Pentium III running at such a high speed, which compares with 450MHz and 500MHz versions currently announced. A chip running at that speed would need special cooling systems and it would have to be manufactured in smaller process geometries. Plus a PC systems with a 1000MHz microprocessor would need fast Rambus DRAMs, but Intel admitted that it has delayed a vital chipset that supports 800MHz Rambus chips until the third quarter of this year.


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