However, Bert McComas, an analyst at InQuest Inc., Gilbert, Ariz., and sponsor of the Platform 2000 conference, said in a keynote session last week that Intel will unveil the 0.13-micron Pentium III chip to extend its speed range in the mainstream market. He said Intel desperately needs a new high-frequency mainstream MPU to compete against AMD's Athlon Thunderbird and upcoming Ultra.Whatever the case, AMD has definitely kept Intel on its toes. And it now seems possible the Intel P6 core could make it to 1.6GHz, or 1600MHzroughly ten times its inital clock speed in the Pentium Pro. Astounding.
"Intel couldn't afford to wait on developing a mainstream desktop Willamette chip," McComas said. "They've returned to the old tried-and-true Pentium III core as a quick fix."