Intel Breaks Gigahertz Barrier
PALM SPRINGS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 23, 1999--Intel Corporation today broke the 1 GHz speed barrier for a general purpose microprocessor. This was the first time the gigahertz (one billion cycles per second) frequency has been achieved on a standard microprocessor. The technology demonstration, using a 0.25 micron PentiumŪ III processor, was shown to an audience of over 1500 industry software and hardware developers attending the Intel Developer Forum.
``This is a milestone event,'' said Albert Yu, senior vice president and general manager, Intel Microprocessor Products Group. ``Intel's leadership in microprocessor architecture, design, silicon process technology, packaging and manufacturing allows it to achieve industry milestones first. We will continue to push the frontier of technologies that will deliver processors with superior levels of performance and capabilities to meet the demands of the industry, the Internet and end users.''
The demonstration consisted of a system running a CPU speed meter which registered greater than 1 GHz clock speed, while simultaneously running a Microsoft(a) PowerPoint application. (Note: this technology demonstration used special cooling techniques.) The audience watched as the CPU meter moved steadily to and then beyond the 1 GHz mark. Only six years ago, the Intel Pentium microprocessor was running at less than 100 MHz using 0.8 micron process technology.
Intel expects to introduce processors this year using its new 0.18 micron process technology, delivering higher frequencies than current Intel processors. The company expects production of commercial microprocessors operating at 1 GHz frequency in the year 2000.
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