Brief: New Intel Chip Breaks Gigahertz Barrier

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.

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