Intel's Xeon processor for workstations--and eventually for servers, the company hopes--is available at 2GHz speeds, the Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker will announce Tuesday.
The Xeon chip is the big brother of the Pentium 4, which reached 2GHz in August. The Xeon, though, comes with higher-end features for working in multiprocessor computers and addressing larger amounts of memory.
Intel Corp. has confirmed that the company has advanced the introduction of its next-generation Prestonia server chip while canceling a dual-processor Foster workstation chip. To Intel, the decision was made because the company's next-generation microprocessor and process technology were sufficiently advanced to warrant the change. In addition, Intel's server roadmap was compressed enough that customers might have had difficulty in deciding which chip to choose, officials said.
The Pentium III Tualatin with 0.13-micron process is now available with a double-wide L2 cache. The 512 KB helps the Tualatin reach higher speeds. Check out how it stacks up against the Athlon and P4 at TomsHardware.
Intel on Friday launched a trio of low-priced Celeron chips.
The new desktop chips include the fastest Celeron to date, a 1.1GHz version, along with offerings at 1GHz and 950MHz.
As previously reported, PC makers Dell Computer and Compaq Computer have already begun offering the new 1.1GHz chip in desktop PCs, for prices starting around $850. Meanwhile, Gateway is offering an Essential 950c model with the 950MHz Celeron, 128MB of SDRAM, a 20GB hard drive, a CD-RW drive and a 17-inch monitor, starting at $799.