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Intel Demonstrates Fastest Desktop Microprocessor



AUCKLAND, April 19, 2000 - Intel Corporation has opened the Asia Pacific Intel Developer Forum (IDF) by demonstrating the capabilities of the company's fastest microprocessor, code-named “Willamette.”
Based on a new microarchitecture from Intel, Willamette is due to be introduced later this year, “The year 2000 will be Intel’s biggest product year ever,” said Intel’s Senior Vice President Albert Yu. “We will introduce two new microarchitectures in Willamette for desktops and Itanium™ for servers and workstations, as well as a ‘smart integration’ processor code-named ‘Timna’ designed for value PCs. Intel is pleased to offer this performance technology to the Internet economy.”

Willamette Microarchitecture and the Intel® Pentium® III Processor at 1GHz
During the demonstration at IDF, Willamette operated well in excess of 1 GHz. Key features of the microarchitecture were outlined which included:
 a new hyper-pipelined design that enables processor instructions to be queued and executed at a faster rate to achieve the world's highest clock speeds for desktop PCs
 a set of new Streaming SIMD instructions that enhance performance and support the next generation of Internet computing applications; and
 the computing industry's first 400 MHz system bus that transfers information from the processor to the rest of the system three times faster than the 133 MHz system bus used today.
Additionally, a system was demonstrated based on the recently introduced Pentium III processor running at 1 GHz.

Intel's First "Smart Integration" Architecture
Timna, Intel's first “smart integration” microprocessor and a leadership product for the value PC market segment was outlined. Designed to set a new standard of platform price-performance in the value segment, Timna is based on Intel's current P6 microarchitecture. It incorporates a central processing unit core, memory controller, and graphics into one chip to deliver the performance, features, and cost benefits needed for value PCs. Timna will complement the current Intel Celeron™ processor line when it is introduced in the second half of 2000.

Technologies for a New Era of Desktop Computing
Also shown were a combination of technologies and initiatives designed to help fuel a new generation of business and consumer PCs. This included the unveiling of concept PCs that "fit easily into your hand," the demonstration of a USB 2.0 product and
an effort to advance PC graphics capabilities through the "Beyond AGP4x Initiative."

Internet and e-Business with Intel Mobile Solutions
A mobile Intel® Pentium® III processor featuring SpeedStep™ Technology was demonstrated, a revolutionary power management solution from Intel that enables a mobile PC to operate in two different modes: Maximum Performance Mode and Battery Optimised Mode. The system automatically chooses which mode to run in, depending whether the computer is running on battery or plugged into AC power.

About IDF
The Intel Developer Forum is Intel's premier technical forum comprising a multitude of sessions and hands-on labs and more than 100 demonstrations of cutting-edge products and technologies. Intel Developer Forums are held throughout the world and attract thousands of hardware and software developers, of whom nearly 30 percent are focused on software. Now in its third year, the conference provides hardware OEMs, IHVs , and ISVs with in-depth information on Intel technologies and initiatives. More information on the Intel

Developer Forums can be found at Updated information is also available between Intel Developer Forums by subscribing to the Intel Developer Update Magazine at

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at

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