New Pentium Speed Reaches 700 MHz

Just when PC users began to get used to top speeds of 500 MHz, Intel will unveil its new 700 MHz Coppermine Pentium III chip in October.

The new chip will run at a faster speed than the 600 to 667 MHz speed analysts first predicted, and goes head-to-head against the perceived competition from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and their Athlon processor.

Intel said the Coppermine chip also will be available for notebook computers, marking a real advantage for notebook computer users whose processor speeds traditionally have not been as high as that for desktop units.

The new chip also has several improvements over prior Pentium III chips, including size of the chip at 0.18-microns compared to 0.25 microns, as well as an integrated, secondary cache or special high-speed memory.

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