TechWeb meldt in dit bericht dat Intel gaat stoppen met haar Pentium III 500, 533 en 550MHz processors. Daarnaast zullen de Xeon 600 en 667MHz ook begraven worden en zal de Celeron 533MHz alleen nog maar aan distributeurs geleverd worden:
Intel is discontinuing several of its slowest Pentium III and Xeon microprocessors, a trend it has adopted to push its customers toward faster chips. In a note to customers, Intel said it is phasing out shipment of the 600- and 667-MHz Xeon microprocessors and the 500-, 533-, and 550-MHz Pentium III chips. Finals orders can be placed between now and November, the company said. Additionally, Intel will halt sales of the 533-MHz flip-chip Celeron, but only to OEMs, not distributors. Intel said demand for faster chips prompted the company to eliminate the older chips. The company reportedly had problems with third-party contractors in manufacturing flip-chip Celerons.