Intel Corp. Monday introduced a 1.13-GHz Penitum III processor, although the company said availability of the new speed grade would be "limited."
The new processor is expected to be shipped initially to select PC OEMs, including Dell Computer Corp.
The Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker said the 1.13-GHz chip "will be available in limited quantities," following a recent trend whereby Intel introduces low volumes of its highest performing devices.
Bert McComas, an analyst at InQuest Research Inc., Gilbert, Ariz., said Intel is rushing clock speed upgrades of its Penitum processors in an effort to fend off archrival Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which is shipping larger quantities of its 1-GHz Athlon processors. Intel earlier this year rolled out its 1-GHz CPUs but has had difficulty ramping the devices to volume, according to market analysts.
The Intel 1.13-GHz Pentium III comes in Slot 1 configuration and is $990 in 1,000-unit lots. The chip uses a 133-MHz front-side bus with an 8.5x mulitplier to reach the 1.13-GHz clock speed.
The new processor is expected to be Intel's last stretch of its 0.18-micron Coppermine process. McComas said Intel is now planning a 0.13-micron shrink of the Penitum III core to be unveiled early next year in an effort to reach a 1.4-GHz clock speed.