The P4s Worst Foe? The PIII-M

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2001-08-13 Print this article Print

Is Intel's PIII-M processor too powerful?

Is Intels PIII-M processor too powerful?

Until now, it looked like a smooth evolution from Intels PIII technology to the P4. Intel had publicly announced that the PIII technology would stop at 1.13GHz, giving the P4 some nice running room to get up to 2GHz by the end of the year.

Then, on July 29, Intel launched the Pentium III-M, a mobile version of the PIII based on a 0.13-micron design. Coupled with the 830 chip set, the PIII-M has performance and power features that make it compelling in desktop systems as well.

It gets murky from there. The PIII-M can potentially be used in dual-processor configurations. Later 0.13-micron versions of the Celeron chip definitely can, and both are more power-conservative than any P4 technology available today. Because Intel will obviously undercut AMD on Celeron pricing and because the PIII-M will be extremely inexpensive by the time the P4 mobile editions are released, there might be some screaming dual-processor home systems available that are faster than single-processor P4s.

Whats Intel to do— keep on chopping the price of the P4 until its cheaper than the PIII-M?

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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