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Intel Launches Pentium III Processor

By Lynda B. Valencia

Intel Microelectronic Phils. Inc. has launched the Pentium III Processor, the first microprocessor designed to power a new internet experience filled with rich audio, video, animations and 3-D that make information come alive.

Ricky Banaag, Intel Microelectronic country manager, said the Pentium III Processor enables the most powerful personal computers for running media-rich software on and off the internet in the home and in business.

"Users can expect to find fully-configurated systems at prices starting (from) $2,000 along with a wealth of optimized web sites and software applications," Banaag said.

Banaag said the Pentium III Processor is available immediately at 450 and 500 Mhz while the 550 Mhz version will be available in the second quarter of 1999.

The Pentium III Processor core, with 9.5 transistors, is based on Intel's advanced P6 microarchitecture and is manufactured on 0.25 micron process technology.

The 450 and 500 Mhz speeds, with 512 KB L2 cache, are available now. Pricing in 1,000 unit quantities is $696 and $496 for the 500 and 450 Mhz parts, respectively.

On the other hand, pricing on the Pentium III Processor at 550 Mhz will be available at launch in the second quarter of 1999.

Banaag said that Pentium III Processor at 550 Mhz is 93 percent faster than the Pentium II Processor at 450 Mhz on CPJ intensive 3-D calculations, as shown by Ziff-Davis' 3D WinBench 99 transform and lighting test.

Last Feb, 17, Intel and developers from around the world demonstrated more than 200 web sites and applications that will enhance the way people use the internet to learn, shop, communicate, work and play on the internet.

Banaag also disclosed that Intel will also launch the Intel WebOutfitter service that will provide Pentium III Processor-owners with access to cutting edge content, tools and tips designed to maximize the internet experience -- free of charge.

The service will be available in Australia in March and will also be introduced in Korea, Taiwan and the People's Republic of China around mid-1999, with the other countries in the Asia-Pacific phased over time as content is tuned for local audiences, Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer networking and communications products.


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