Intel has announced a Pentium III processor that breaks the gigahertz clock speed, at 1.13 GHz. Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
(AMD) has a 1.1-GHz chip, which begins shipping late this month.
The faster chips are considered important to software designers, engineers doing computer-aided design and game players, but several analysts said they aren't required for most typical office functions. IBM also announced Monday that it is producing an Aptiva S desktop PC running the 1.13-GHz Pentium III, starting at $US2,999.