Intel brings new processor core stepping
Intel announced today that there are small changes to the Pentium III processors, which are combined in a new core stepping, D0. The fundamental change is the increase of the core voltage from 1.70 with stepping C0 to 1.75 volts and the improvement of the heat dissipation.
Furthermore, Intel will gradually switch to a new housing format for the 1GHz CPU series. The current FC-PGA format will then gradually be replaced by FC-PGA2, which incorporates a heat spreader. This step was necessary for Intel to continue the hunt for higher clock rates and also to convert production to the new housing format, which will also be used by the Intel code name Tualatin. Thus, Intel can save production costs and also adjust the product range to include slower clocked CPUs. The first product samples with the new core stepping will be available in January. The delivery of the 'new' CPUs will then begin in March.