De geruchten waren er al, maar nu zijn er ook serieuze berichten die deze geruchten bevestigen: de Katmai gaat Pentium III heten. Poe, wat zijn ze origineel bij Intel.
C|Net News.com heeft het nieuws:
Pentium III will be the name of the next-generation chip from Intel, sources close to the company have confirmed, a marketing decision that allows the company to use its most successful brand name a fifth time.
Code-named Katmai, the processor will become the standard-bearer for Intel's performance desktop chip line. It's based around a Pentium II core, but contains 70 additional instructions that boost multimedia performance.
Video will run more smoothly on a Pentium III, for example, because a given computer can process more frames per second. Game programs will also be able to incorporate algorithms that improve how objects appear to move.
As reported earlier, the chip is due in early March and will come out running at clock speeds of 450 MHz and 500 MHz. It will then reach speeds of more than 600 MHz before the end of the year, Intel has said.
Initially, the upcoming chip will cost more than $500 but will likely sink to the $200 range by the third quarter, according to analyst Ashok Kumar of Piper Jaffray.