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Intel formally introduced its 1.13GHz Pentium III to its customers over the weekend but the chip is likely still to be in short supply, although the 1GHz Pentium III floodgates are shortly to open.

The 1.13GHz Pentium III, while it puts Intel technically into the lead over its competition AMD on raw megahurtz speed, will be available only in limited quantities, the firm said.

And, according to German wire Tec Channel, the pricing for these limited quantities will be the same as the 1GHz Pentium III, that is $990 for when 1,000 chips are bought. It, however, comes in SECC 2 (slot one) packaging, while the mass supplies of the 1GHz Pentium III which have been anticipated for some months, will come in flip chip packaging.

According to the same wire, customers pre-ordering 1GHz Pentium IIIs will get them at a discount, if they order the product now.

But Intel will not have this technical "lead" for long. AMD is scheduled to pip Intel on the 28th of August with another speed increment on its Athlon microprocessor.

And this process will continue for the whole of the rest of the year, as the two companies vie for the rather phoney crown of fastest x86 microprocessor on the planet.

The day after Intel introduced its Pentium III microprocessor, as exclusively reported here, its customers were told of massive shortages of processors with the Coppermine core. Those shortages have continued throughout this year.

Now, finally, the floodgates are about to open. ®

You can find the Tec Channel story here

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