Intel will change the rules of the chip game for dealers when it readies Klamath-like processor cards for a February launch and introduces an Intel-MMX logo in January next year. The news will mean the effective end of the Pentium Pro in 1997.
The processor giant will release the Klamath processor card (PC Dealer, 26 June) and already has plans to supplant Pentium Pros in the second half of 1997, according to a leaked internal document.
Later, Intel will release a Deschutes processor card aimed at the high-end server market which will build on Klamath slot technology to give speeds of up to 300MHz and second-level cache up to 1Mb of memory.
This means Intel will make greater volumes of Pentium Pro than Klamath in the first half of 1997, but the document states 'Klamath will ramp strongly' in the second half of next year as Intel reduces Pentium Pro production.
Prices on Intel processors will change in February when Intel introduces the Klamath card. The Pro 200 will cost $1,105 in February, while a 233MHz version of the Klamath card will start at $725, with better performance, according to the paper.
But the server group at Intel has further surprises for dealers. In Q1 1998 it will introduce one-slot and two-slot Deschutes architecture using between 1Mb and 2Mb of second-level cache, and operating with buses which run as fast as 100MHz.
The document speculates Deschutes will be 'a faster Siskiyou' - a codename for increased bus ratios on motherboards, which could reach as much as 300MHz. The Deschutes design will use two 16Kb burst synchronous memory on board the card.
The document says Klamath will drive down the cost of entry of mid-range servers while providing system-level features. The Klamath card will create a space for a Deschutes processor card which uses the same microprocessor architecture but runs at speeds of 266MHz to 300MHz. It will include two modules of 16K first-level cache.
Intel's next stage is to introduce something called Proliferation Technology which will constitute a new platform.
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