Intel to Match AMD at 1GHz Wednesday, Source Says

SAN FRANCISCO (03/06/2000) - Intel Corp. will launch a 1GHz Pentium III processor on Wednesday, a source close to the company said today, two days after arch-rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) released an Athlon processor running at the same speed.

IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Computer Corp. are expected to be among the first PC makers to offer systems with the high-speed Intel chip. Intel demonstrated 1GHz Pentium III desktop PCs from those vendors at a conference for developers in Palm Springs, California, last month.

Both Intel and AMD have accelerated their launch plans in recent weeks in a bid to be first out of the gate with a 1GHz product. Because of the hurried releases, the high-speed chips are expected to be in relatively short supply for the next few weeks, both companies have said.

AMD said its fastest processor will be available initially only from Gateway Inc. and Compaq Computer Corp. Gateway is ready to ship its US$2,999 Select 1000 model today, a company spokesman said. Compaq will take orders for its 1GHz Athlon-powered Presario 5900Z PC Thursday and expects to ship the system to customers two to three weeks later, a Compaq sales representative said today. [See "Compaq, Gateway Rush Out PCs with 1GHz Athlons," March 6.]Intel spokesman George Alfs confirmed today that Intel plans to release a 1GHz Pentium III "very soon," but declined to be more precise as to specific timing.

The same day that the processor is released, Intel hopes also to have at least one PC maker shipping 1GHz Pentium III systems, he added.

Intel, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-987-8080 or at AMD, in Sunnyvale, California, can be reached at +1-408-732-2400 or on the World Wide Web at

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