As expected, Intel Corp. debuted a 933-MHz Pentium III and Xeon processors today.
As previously reported, the new Xeon processor complements Intel's segmentation strategy within the workstation and server space. Intel introduced 1- and 2-Mbyte "large-cache" 700-MHz Xeons on Monday, aimed at large back-end machines for crunching large databases.
The new 933-MHz Xeon, by contrast, is geared at the large emerging market of "thin" servers, which may be quickly replaced with faster models. The new 933-MHz Xeon is manufactured with 256 Kbytes of on-chip cache, which is more easily manufactured than the large-cache Xeons.
The 933-MHz Pentium III also pushes Intel more firmly forward to the 1-GHz plateau, which was crested in March, when Intel announced a 1-GHz chip that company executives said at the time was available in limited production quantities.
The new 933-MHz Pentium III Xeon costs $794 in 1,000-unit lots. The 933-MHz Pentium III desktop processor costs slightly less, at $744, and is available in both SECC-2 "slot" and FC-PGA "flip-chip" packaging.