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January 25, 1998

DESCHUTES ARRIVES THANKS TO NEW INTEL 0.25 TECHNOLOGY

By CBR Staff Writer

Intel Corp will today introduce the latest member to its Pentium II family of processors, the 333MHz chip, otherwise known as the much talked about Deschutes chip (CI No 3,002). The new chip is the first to be built on Intel’s 0.25 micron process technology which enables reduced power consumption and high volume manufacturing, which in turn should mean lower prices for the consumer. Intel claims the new processor will deliver a 10% increase in performance over the 300MHz model on standard office applications, and will be particularly alluring to graphic and three dimensional intensive applications. The Pentium II 333MHz processor is the first of a planned line of chips that will power a much broader range of personal computers from low end basic machines up to advanced high end models as well as mobile PCs. Although Intel is aiming this particular processor at the higher end of the market. The chip giant is also anticipating the increasing involvement of the new processor as electronic commerce gets a hold on the industry, and argues that organizations will be looking for the performance to drive image and data rich applications. The new chip brings the Pentium II family to four; the 333MHz, 300, 266 and the 233, and the company intends to introduce specific low-end versions of the Pentium II later in the year (CI No 3,306). The end of this quarter will see a version of the new processor with 2Gb of extended cache capability. In quantities of 1,000 the 333MHz Pentium II is $722, available now.

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