January 4, 2000
After an incremental clock speed jump, Intel retakes
the budget-line processor speed crown away from AMD's K6-2/533
(See where it scores here). This
follows last year's 800MHz clock topping Pentium-III.
Not to be outdone for too long, AMD will be officially
announcing their newest 800MHz Athlon
zooms to 800, too
January 12, 2000
The 800MHz battle rages on as Intel throws its server
and workstation processor into the ring.
See where it stacks up
against Athlon's clockspeed match.
|SpeedStep vs. Transmeta: The duel
January 18, 2000
Intel launches a pre-emptive strike against Transmeta--before
even knowing what they'll be up against--with the unveiling of their new
mobile Pentium-III processors. Plug 'em
in, they speed up; unplug 'em, they slow down (to a mere 500MHz). Kind
o' like my razor.
seeks to ban VIA
January 20, 2000
Perhaps smarting from Transmeta's Crusoe
announcement making their SpeedStep
technology look like a light switch, Intel has redirected its anger to
familiar territory, preferring to litigate rather than innovate in the
By asking the US International Trade Commission to ban
imports of VIA's
chipsets supporting 133MHz SDRAM, Intel is almost admitting its
failure to adequately compete using much-touted RDRAM or Rambus
memory. In response, VIA just continues to supply increasingly
better chips, letting you decide--rather than a courtroom.
January 25, 2000
Although Intel's highest speed processors have always
seemed to have been in short supply during the last few months, their
newest Pentium-III 550MHz processors
built on flip-chips look to be
delayed until the end of February. Other sources claim the delay will
affect other Pentiums, as well.
Watch for Pentium system prices to hold steady or even
climb during the next few weeks.
IBM unveil GigaHertz CPU plans
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|New York Times
February 7, 2000
As AMD demonstrated earlier
this year, Athlon processors running
at 1GHz are available now, given sufficient cooling. Both Intel and IBM
will describe how they will reach this milestone at room temperature
during this week's International
Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. Even more of
Intel's Gigahertz roadmap will be unveiled at their upcoming Developer
So where is AMD's GHz plan?
Celerons move up to 500MHz
February 14, 2000
Entry-level notebooks get the first Celerons
to use Intel's 0.18µ Pentium-III core,
sporting a 100MHz bus and new power-saving tricks. Though not exactly Crusoe,
at least they are available here and now.
strikes back in demo wars
February 15, 2000
Whizzing ahead of AMD's latest 1.1GHz Athlon
demo, Intel showed off its next-generation Willamette
processor running at a warm 1.5GHz.
Enough with the demos already! Where's the beef?
choke again for Intel
February 17, 2000
Though Intel says it should be a relatively rare
occurrence, servers and workstations built using their 820 and 840
chipsets will choke if configured with ECC-enabled
rather than the pricier RDRAM.
Intel is working to solve these problems with computer
makers, but one has to wonder how committed Intel really is to support
systems based on the older SDRAM technology, after it has been pushing RAMBus
for so long.
& AMD slash CPU prices
February 29, 2000
started it; AMD followed by deeply slashing processor prices up to
40%, both preparing for faster chip introductions in March.
March 3, 2000
Intel's first 'special edition' (read: impossible to
find) 1GHz Pentium-III is coming
Wednesday, according to 'sources', though not expected in volume
production until July.
We usually dislike vapour news, but this was too good
to pass by. Will AMD beat Intel to the mark? Should they? A
and Hare fable comes to mind...
announces 1GHz Pentium
March 8, 2000
As expected, Intel announced their 'special edition'
1GHz Pentium-III today. Great performance,
but desktops using it are high-priced given its 'limited quantity'
status. Don't expect one in a computer store near you until Q3.
will have Intel inside
March 10, 2000
After rumours of a possible Athlon
upset, Gates and Microsoft have renewed their faith in their old partner
Intel. Expected in the fall of 2001, the X-Box
will boast whatever Intel processor provides the most console gaming for
the least price at that time.
March 18, 2000
Initially reported by some Toshiba notebook owners,
other laptops with Intel's 400MHz mobile Celerons
and Pentium-II's using Mobile Module One
connectors may be unstable and shut down unexpectedly. The flaw is not
with the CPU, but an over-voltage protection switch on the processor's
daughter card that seems to trip accidentally. Check with your manufacturer
if you suspect you have this problem.
cheap chips coming from Intel, AMD
March 22, 2000
Two new Intel Celerons
based on the Coppermine core will be
arriving at 566 and 600MHz. AMD will soon follow with the K6-2+ for
notebooks and eventually, Spitfire.
II now available
March 29, 2000
As promised, Intel unveiled two new Celerons
based on the Coppermine-128 core. Check
out the fastest Celeron yet.
to increase chip production
April 10, 2000
Xeon announced--at a lower price
April 10, 2000
Intel added an incremental speed increase--866MHz--to
their Xeon line, at a significantly
lower price than their previous
Xeon announcement. Looks like Intel is hedging against AMD's Mustang
demand gobbles Athlons, delays Celerons
April 21, 2000
Despite what is usually a slower CPU demand season--the
traditionally slack prelude to the back-to-school and Christmas
quarters--AMD announced that all available Athlon
and K6-2 processors are spoken for
until June, due to a manufacturing capacity deficit. Intel's shortage
problems continue to be evidenced by a two-month delay in 633- and
677-MHz Celerons that had been expected
Until now, AMD has been benefiting from processor
shortages that have been plaguing Intel since their introduction of the Coppermine
last fall. Now both are affected, though it certainly has not hurt the
profitability of either Intel
or AMD. And no
slowdown in demand is in sight. If you are in
the market for a computer, better act soon or wait until the fall,
when new chips and increased production should start to catch up. Price
cuts are likely to wither for the next few months.
boosts the speed of moving
April 24, 2000
With two new mobile chips: a 550/700MHz (SpeedStep)
mobile Pentium-III and a 550MHz mobile Celeron,
Intel hopes to allay production concerns of its fastest desktop CPUs by
ramping up its mobile lines.
ID to die finally
April 27, 2000
Seeing the error of their ways, Intel plans to phase
out the largely ineffectual and always controversial CPU tracking ID,
starting with their next processor lines.
to integrate for the masses
May 4, 2000
With their new all-in-one (CPU, graphics, memory
controller) Celeron 'Timna', Intel hopes to make PC's cheaper and even
Might be the newbie wave of the future, if start-ups
are any indication.
May 10, 2000
In a nod to Linux
and the rest of the open-source community, Intel opened the usually
workings of its upcoming 64-bit Itanium
(formerly 'Merced') processor.
Itanium's 64-bit instruction set is not natively
backward-compatible with that of today's 32-bit x86 processors. Although
it will likely launch at 800+MHz, there are doubts as to whether its
x86-emulator will run current 32-bit software (such as Windows) any
faster than a Pentium-II. With today's
exposure, Intel wants to get the industry's 64-bit coders on board
before the appearance of AMD's 64-bit Sledgehammer
which, incidentally, is able to natively run existing 32-bit
Day present from Intel
May 10, 2000
Sometimes, you're DRAMned if you do, and DRAMned if you
That was the situation Intel was in last fall when it
introduced its i820 chipset, originally supporting only Rambus (RDRAM)
memory. Amid Rambus memory timing problems that forced a motherboard
recall and a two-DIMM
limit, manufacturers cried out for Intel to support the cheaper and more
reliable industry standard SDRAM
on i820 boards. Thus, the memory translator hub (MTH) was born as a kludge
between a chipset that only spoke Rambus, and the memory everyone wanted
Turns out now that a few MTH systems (maybe only a
million or so) have definite data corruption and rebooting problems
while running with SDRAM inside. Computers using Rambus memory (like
Intel said you were supposed to) or those without a MTH (pre-November
1999) are unaffected. To find out if your i820 system could be suffering
from the MTH bug, visit Intel
If yours is one of the un/lucky ones, Intel has offered
to replace your motherboard and upgrade--or at least, up-market--your
memory with RDRAM. Don't bombard Intel though. Contact your PC
manufacturer. Intel has been DRAMned enough for one day.
high-cache Xeon available
May 22, 2000
Intel says enough of those puny 256kB on-die caches of
recent times. Today's new Xeon is built
once more with up to 2MB of on-die cache, for real server
933 made official
May 24, 2000
Rumoured to have been available in Japan and from other
Asian suppliers for some time now, Intel's fastest available Pentium-III
is now officially shipping (forget about the GigaHertz teaser until the
fall). A companion Xeon was also
introduced at the same clock speed.
See their scores here.
|More chips to ship from Rio Rancho
May 24, 2000
a $2 billion expansion to their processor plant in Rio
Rancho, N.M., planning to add about 93 thousand square metres
(that's a million or so square feet, for the unitarily challenged) of
production floor. That should ease the current chip shortage by...oh,
|Intel chops chip prices again
May 30, 2000
...in preparation for AMD's upcoming mega-chip
announcement (next week?)
|New Coppermine & Xeons
June 4, 2000
The need for a 'new thermal solution' for the PIII-933,
lack of motherboard support for the Xeon
'Cascades' line, and further problems with that pesky MTH
make it apparent that there will be no quick end to Intel's long, hot
summer. This, less than two weeks after Intel's recent
announcement of their Coppermine-933--and
before Timna even launches--it looks like the availability crunch could
continue until the end of the year.
fiddles while Windows burns, driving AMD
& Intel to expand Linux support
June 14, 2000
Seeing the future in less dictatorial
operating systems, both Intel & AMD have respectively partnered with
and Lineo to provide Linux
development tools for Itanium
internet appliances, again respectively.
notebook processors from Intel
June 19, 2000
Intel boosted its notebook processor complement
with new mobile Pentium-III's and Celerons
that reach 700MHz, while sipping less than 2Watts of battery life.
says that Intel's chips only idle at less than 2W, while
their Crusoe runs full-tilt at
less than 1Watt. We'll have to wait until PC-Expo
to see whose processors pack the most punch while biting the least
dumps Micron to pay for MTH fiasco
June 20, 2000
Although not as expensive as Intel's Pentium recall of
1994, the price of their recent MTH bumble has risen
to over $250 million. Of course, this is just a sneeze compared to the
$2.3 billion Intel raked in over the last three months.
Part the revenue comes from substantial sales of Micron
stock. Wouldn't have anything to do with Micron's increasing support of DDR-SDRAM,
rather than Intel's darling Rambus,
June 22, 2000
launches another attack at Transmeta
from another angle, unveiling its first web terminal for the neophyte
net-surfer. With a Celeron-400, 32Mb
of RAM, a 4.3Gb drive, 56k modem, and a 14" (they still make
those?) monitor, the Dot.Station
hopes to woo web wonderers into friendly Internet Land.
|Celerons speed up to 700MHz
June 25, 2000
response to AMD's recent Duron unveiling,
Intel pumps its Celerons to 700MHz, too.
See where they rate right
gets a real name: Pentium 4
June 28, 2000
to be available by the end of the year, Intel's Pentium 4 (formerly
'Willamette') will debut at 1.4GHz with a 400MHz bus.
Hmmm... Pentium... Pentium II... Pentium III...
Pentium--4? What, Intel couldn't copyright the 'V' in 'IV'? Or is there
some roman-numeral counting glitch in Willamette we shouldn't know
& VIA kiss and make up
July 5, 2000
VIA paid Intel
an unspecified lump sum to have them drop their chip set lawsuit. It all
started last fall when VIA started
shipping Celeron- and Pentium-compatible
chip sets that used faster PC133 SDRAM.
Intel had poo-pooed PC133 in favour of its darling Rambus
memory, and brought the suit against VIA only when it became evident
that computer makers were reluctant to adopt Intel-RDRAM chip sets,
preferring VIA's cheaper SDRAM solutions.
VIA's chip set success must have them swimming in extra
cash, which Intel needs right now to help cover its MTH
recall. The settlement should be good for VIA too, hopefully
allowing them to forge into compatible DDR-SDRAM
chip sets without Intel's encumbrance.
still beats Rambus, according to Intel
July 8, 2000
According to Intel's own
Pentium-III benchmarks, their newest i815E chipset supporting PC133 SDRAM
provides up to 5% more performance than an i820 chipset using Rambus
RDRAM in the majority of tests.
That's gotta hurt, considering Intel's unwavering
commitment to Rambus for its next Pentium-4 chips.
The Next Frontier
July 12, 2000
Though mostly good intentions and PR puff at the
moment, AMD is apparently planning to have their 1GHz 'Corvette' Athlons
in notebooks by Q1 2001. Low-power Durons
will be available for mobile managers by the end of this year.
Intel, on the other hand, appears not to have any GHz
notebook chips in its roadmap until Q2
cuts prices prior to GigaPlus Pentium
July 17, 2000
In preparation for their expected 1.1GHz Pentium-III
launch at the end of July, Intel has again cut some of its Xeon
and Pentium-III prices.
Just in time for back-to-school...
shrinking to keep up
July 21, 2000
To compete with AMD's plans for boosting Athlon
to 1.5GHz next year, Intel will incorporate a 0.13-micron wafer and
copper interconnects into their GHz+ Pentiums,
running on a 200MHz bus.
Good to see there will still be life in the ol' chip,
4 will use SDRAM, too
July 25, 2000
Intel's plans for their Pentium-4
and related chipsets have included support only for expensive Rambus
memory--until now. Bowing to market pressure, Intel admits they will
need to also include support for industry standard PC133 SDRAM
in Pentium-4 systems.
Smart move. Though Rambus must feel like it's been
kicked in the face--again. Not that we should be worried about them, as Rambus
claims they own all other kinds of memory, including PC133.
pushes past 1GHz
July 28, 2000
With their latest Pentium-III
unveiling at 1.13GHz, Intel once again slaps AMD and their recent Thunderbird
into second place. Just don't try to buy one, as they will be only
available "in limited quantities" [read: nowhere]. Expect
AMD's response by the end of August.
Meanwhile, check out where the new Coppermine scores...
to 'Burst' open the internet--now
demoing at 2GHz!
August 22, 2000
marketeers coin 'NetBurst' to describe the architecture of their
up-coming Pentium-4 CPU. Although planning to enter the scene at 1.4GHz,
VP Albert Yu demonstrated a 2GHz prototype at this fall's Intel
Developer Forum. The new design will include a 'Rapid Execution
Engine' running at twice the main processor speed to enhance internet
apps. AnandTech has the
scoop on the details.
Let's just hope Intel puts a 'Rapid Execution Engine'
onto its production lines, so we might actually see the first
Pentium-4's before the end of the year.
gets its own gig
August 22, 2000
Finally catching up to Coppermine,
Intel announced its new 1GHz Xeon.
Although it's one of the cache-poor (only 256kB of L2)
designs available in one- or two-processor configurations only, Intel is
still proud. At least it's priced right--comparable to the
nearly-invisible Pentium-III 933.
to have odd debut
August 23, 2000
than debut at the expected--but not shabby--800MHz clock speed, Intel
admitted that its coming 64-bit Itanium
is not quite ramping up as quickly as hoped. The first Itaniums should
still be available by the end of this year, but at the slower speed of
August 28, 2000
Suffering repeated crashes and lock-ups, Intel's newest
Pentium-III at 1.13GHz has been recalled
back to the drawing board almost as hastily as it was rushed into its
Like every other discontinued CPU we still list on our CPU
Scorecard for reference purposes, Intel's fastest flop will also
remain (just for you, Nelson). We suspect we'll see the Coppermine
1.13GHz again--when it's finished.
rammed harder by Intel
September 11, 2000
To push acceptance and lower the price point of its
upcoming, $RDRAM$-only Pentium-4's, Intel itself will offer rebates to
wealthy (and brave), early adopters.
Perhaps all this rebate money is expected to come from
Intel-partner Rambus' latest
demos Whistling Itanium
September 21, 2000
part of its fall product launch preview, Dell
demonstrated an Itanium-733MHz
workstation running a "functional" alpha version of
Microsoft's upcoming 64-bit Whistler
OS. Pilot Itanium systems are expected to be available by the end of the
year, while production models will not be ready until next
year--no matter what
road map says.
mobility from Intel
September 25, 2000
to mitigate their recent revenue
warning, Intel introduced two new mobile SpeedStepping Pentium-III's
at 800 & 850MHz, and a mobile Celeron
matching its top speed desktop cousin at 700MHz.
spooked from Halloween
September 28, 2000
rumoured to be appearing this Halloween, Intel's new Pentium-4
wunderchip is now said to be arriving most likely in late November.
OK, so another Intel chip delay is not really news.
Just thought we'd warn you now, however, in case you were thinking of
actually giving a Pentium-4 system to--uh--someone "special"
(like yourself) this Christmas.
|Timna terminated: too slow; too
September 30, 2000
Intel pulled the plug on their long-planned Timna
system-on-chip for low-cost PC's. It finally brings to an end a sad tale
of too many delays (until at least 2001), too expensive Rambus memory
(low-cost RDRAM? yeah, right...), and too slow speeds (only 600MHz).
Now, hopefully, Intel can concentrate its efforts on
pulling off a flawless Pentium-4 launch. They need one.
reject banished until next year
October 12, 2000
Immediately after their Pentium-III
1.13GHz debacle, Intel had suggested that the problem chip might be
reintroduced (once the bugs were worked out, of course) as early as this
month. It's not gonna happen, however. Try next year.
We predict that Intel's fallen hero will only appear
again if Pentium-4 seriously tanks, which is not likely. There is just
too much inertia behind Pentium-4 and Intel is betting the PC farm on
it. Although it is doubtful we will ever see a 1+GHz Pentium-III
again in any volume, it will still appear in our CPU
Scorecard for the sake of posterity. Here's
admits Rambus mistake
October 18, 2000
Intel chief exec Craig Barrett admits
that their long-held near-exclusive relationship with Rambus
has been a mistake. It would have been better to have chosen an
innovator rather than a toll
collector as a technology partner.
4: Buy one? YES! Use one? Uh, not yet...
November 6, 2000
Guerrilla marketing at its finest! Pentium 4's are for
sale two weeks ahead of schedule, but no motherboards are yet available
for them. So for the next two weeks, we will only be able to talk about
them, without actually seeing how they perform.
VIA take note: this
is how you create demand for an unreleased, unproven, (unexciting?)
processor, with a minimum of advertising.
Celerons reach 766MHz, but still stuck on the slow bus
November 13, 2000
Intel released two new Celerons
at 733 and 766MHz, although they are still hampered by a 66MHz bus
See the resulting scores here.
4 is here! Slowly but surely
November 20, 2000
At long last, Intel's next-generation
Pentium 4 processor is finally officially out of the starting
blocks. However, even at 1.5GHz, it looks like it will have some ramping
up to do before it wrests away the overall crown from DDR-equipped Athlon.
Check out the scores here.
details 10GHz super-chip
December 11, 2000
Intel says it can now produce 8-angstrom transistors,
paving the way for 1-volt, 10GHz chips within five years.
Considering their recent
earnings warning, Intel can use some optimistic research results to
keep them in the lead.