Intel yesterday demonstrated a processor capable of running in excess of 1GHz, joining AMD, which conducted a similar demonstration of a processor earlier this month.
Intel's processor, dubbed Willamette, uses a 32-bit chip and was shown running at 1.5GHz, but the company would not state at what speed the first processors to market would feature. The top speed for Pentium III processors is 850MHz. Intel will start volume shipments later this year with one executive hinting the processor will likely carry the Pentium name in some manner.
Intel also said a Pentium III chip capable of 1GHz performance will start shipping during the second half of 2000 and a new version of the entry-level Celeron processor can be expected during the same period.
AMD's entry into the gigahertz-level processor market took place at the company's Dresden, Germany, facility on Feb. 7. An AMD Athlon was shown operating at 1.1GHz, according to a company release, and is expected to be available in PCs by the second quarter.