De Russische jongens van iXBT-Labs hebben een uitgebreid artikel geschreven over de korte termijn plannen van Intel. Ze bespreken dus o.a. 133FSB, de i820 chipset en de Coppermine processor. best wel interessant, lees het artikel hier.
0.18 micron technology into life! This slogan is the best way to describe the events, which are planned for 25 October. This day will be the beginning of the mass sales of Pentium III processors made with a new technology and stuffed with a new core - Coppermine. 256KB L2 cache working at the core frequency and similar to that we have in today's Celeron promises a new performance upsurge. Besides, Intel has also optimized the work with L2 cache, which will also contribute to this performance rise.
Coppermine doesn't require any external L2 cache microchips, which forced Intel engineers to provide their Pentium II and Pentium III with a special cartridge. The whole thing was assembled on a plant in Ireland reequipped especially for this purpose. With regard to this fact the novelty may see the light in both existing form-factors supported by the today's mainboards - Slot 1 and Socket 370.
Slot 1. By this day we will already be using the systems with 100 and 133MHz system bus, so the new Coppermine cores, as well as Katmai ones, will also be available in two versions: for 100 and for 133MHz. On 25 October we will get five different options: 600/100, 650/100, 600/133, 650/133 and 667/133MHz (note: not 666 but 667 - Intel seems to believe in superstitions ;-).
As for Socket 370, the situation is more interesting. Some time ago it was still planned that PPGA Coppermine, or FC-PGA (Flip-Chip) as they are called in this case, will use a new but backward compatible Socket 418, which will differ from Socket 370 by an additional internal row of pins connected to the ground or power. This was made because of the stability problems of 0.18 micron crystals packed into PGA.