Intel Corp. has released its April pricing roadmap to OEMs, which gives the first specifications of the new Coppermine or Pentium III microprocessor with integrated cache.
As Intel moves to its 0.18-micron manufacturing process, the company will integrate greater amounts of on-chip cache into its mainstream microprocessors, as it already does on its Celeron chips for low-cost PCs. The smaller die size of the processor core will allow Intel to integrate 256 kilobytes of cache directly onto the Pentium III processors designed for desktop PCs, as well as the Pentium III Xeon processors used by workstations and servers.
At the same time, Intel will begin to add the Pentium III instructions to its mobileprocessor lineup. The company will apparently also fulfill its earlier pledge to increase the
speed of its mobile microprocessors to match those designed for desktop PCs.
On May 16, Intel will introduce four variants of its 366-MHz mobile Celeron microprocessor, available in all four of Intel's packages: the BGA1, microPGA, and both versions of the mobile mini-cartridge (MMC) package. In 10,000-unit lots, the 366-MHz chip will cost $167 in both the BGA1 and microPGA package. However, the MMC2 package will command a $225 sale price, while the MMC1 version will sell for $221.
The following pricing roadmap was provided to OEMs this month.