Intel is on target to release the Pentium II on 2 May, but will face a tough fight from AMD, whose K6 with MMX extensions will arrive one month earlier.
The company confirmed the original time frame for the Pentium II, formerly called Klamath, was Q2 1997 and there were no difficulties in delivering the speeds originally promised.
Evidence has emerged that Intel will position its changes in architecture as an upgrade to the Pentium after improving the speed at which it runs 16-bit software. But the changes make the chip run hot and it comes with a large heat sink.
The main problem system builders are likely to face is the different motherboard architecture which must be licensed from Intel. AMD hopes to get round this by releasing its own chipset for the K6 at launch time on 3 April.
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