Foster from the beginning of May
Intel plans to launch the Pentium 4 Xeon, code-named Foster, for the first week of May. The Foster is actually just a Pentium 4 that has been expanded to include multiprocessor functionality, as this is not possible with a conventional Pentium 4. However, the Foster can be operated with 4 processors at the same time. Of course, Intel needs a new socket for this, so that the Foster is mechanically incompatible with the conventional Pentium 4.
The new chip needs socket603, the normal Pentium 4 however needs socket423. The processor is to be introduced with a clock frequency of 1.7 GHz and not just 1.4 GHz, which was previously assumed. At the same time as the Pentium 4 Xeon, motherboards from Intel, Supermicro Tyan and Iwill are also coming onto the market that have the i860 chip. Shortly afterwards, the Foster chip from Serverwork will also be presented, which, unlike the i860, does not rely on RDRAM, but on registered SD or DDR RAM. The Foster should reach a clock frequency of 2 GHz by the end of the year.