ZDNet heeft een artikel gepost waarin ze melden dat Intel van plan is om de Willamette 'Pentium IV' processor in het derde kwartaal zeer snel te introduceren op 1.4GHz, maar er staat ook een 1.3GHz versie gepland. Begin 2001 zal er een 1.5GHz worden gereleased waarna de Willamette zoals bekend ook mainstream zal gaan. Tot die tijd zal de huidige Pentium III nog gewoon blijven bestaan, er worden nog 1066 en 1133MHz versies verwacht.
Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) officials have confirmed that the chip will debut at 1.4GHz in the second half of this year. However, Intel will also deliver chips at clock rates below that speed. Intel, sources said, plans to offer a 1.3GHz version, along with the 1.4GHz clock speed, starting in the fourth quarter.
[...] Willamette's design is tuned to achieve high megahertz ratings, Intel officials have said. As part of this plan, Intel will roll out Willamette chips in 100MHz increments. It will follow the 1.4GHz chip with a 1.5GHz chip in the first quarter of 2001, sources said.
This means the company will have three clock-speed variants of the chip available by the first quarter of 2001. By then, Intel expects the lower-speed Willamette chips will begin to penetrate the mainstream PC market.
[...] While it has aggressive plans for Willamette, Intel is still working to deliver its high-end Pentium III chips in volume. The company has said its 1GHz Pentium III won't be widely available until the third quarter of this year. The chip isn't expected to move into mainstream use until the fourth quarter or early next year.
"I think you'll see us stretch at least one notch above 1GHz, maybe two," Intel Executive Vice President Paul Otellini told analysts last month in New York.
Those two speed grades would likely be 1066MHz and 1133MHz, based on the Pentium III's bus multiplier.