EBNews heeft een artikel over Intel die AMD de oorlog verklaard heeft in de low-end markt:
Sources close to Intel Corp. have confirmed the Celeron processor will exceed the clock speed of the Pentium II by the second quarter, as Intel prepares a low-end onslaught against competitor Advanced Micro Devices.
Intel's manufacturing push towards 0.18-micron will result in a 433-MHz Celeron released March 15, with a 466-MHz version released in the second quarter. The sources reported that the chip will cost between $120 to $130 in volume.
Meanwhile, the Pentium II will end life at 450 MHz, although Intel will probably still build Pentium II processor wafers for its customers for another year, the source said.
That will place increasing pressure on AMD's forthcoming K6-3, to be launched February 22nd. Sources report that the K6-3 will be released at 400 and 450 MHz, forcing the company to wait to exceed 450 MHz until its K7 chip is released in the second quarter, probably in June. Furthermore, AMD's pricing discounts will be harder to maintain with the K6-3's increase in die size.