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May 7, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 1:04pm

TRANSITION FROM SOCKET 7 TO 8 WILL RAISE PENTIUM II COSTS

By CBR Staff Writer

The transition from Socket 7 to the new Socket 8 on the Pentium II will raise costs initially for third party vendors of graphics chips and add-on hardware, admits Intel Corp, but it says those prices will come down once units ramp up by mid-1998. Intel is to put all of its energies into the Pentium II rather than the Pentium Pro, but will produce an overdrive chip and enhancements to bring the Pentium Pro in line with the new chip’s cheaper and more efficient packaging by early next year. A four-way Pentium II package is also expected by the first half of 1998. And, says Intel Corp, the LX chipset will also ship in the third quarter as planned: it doesn’t admit to any delay. Early shippers will have to make do with the FX. A special version of the Intel Pentium II for notebooks, which clocked at 200MHz, will be available by next year.

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