Intel's current roadmap
Rambus RAM is apparently too expensive for the time being, even for Intel. As part of the “RDRAM Credit” program, Intel pays every OEM or distributor a “Rambus bonus” of 70 US dollars, which is offset against the price of a Pentium 4. The Pentium 4 is only intended for single-processor operation. The 'Foster', a dual version for servers and workstations that comes with a 603-pin socket, has been postponed again.
First should a version without an L3 cache was available in the first quarter of 2001 for $ 50 more than a Pentium 4. The larger versions of the Foster with 512 KByte and 1 MByte L3 cache for operation in 4- and 8-processor servers will follow from around the third quarter of 2001. The Foster will be available with the Rambus chipset i860 (Colusa), but should also be available with DDR memory from summer 2001.
At the end of 2001 the first processors are expected to be manufactured using the 0.13 micron process. The first was the “Northwood”, a kind of small Pentium 4 and Gallatin as Foster successor. The Itanium, a 64-bit processor, should be available in the first test systems with 733 MHz according to Intel on the Intel Developer Forum. There should be a considerable price difference between the versions with 2 MB and 4 MB L3 cache: 733 MHz/2 MB for $ 1,177 and $ 4,227 for the version with 733 MHz/4 MB L3 cache. A version with 800 MHz is planned for the first quarter of 2001. Towards the end of 2001, the successor (McKinley), regarded as the actual 64-bit processor, will appear as a pilot version. The delivery problems seem to want to end neither with the Celerons nor with the Pentium 3 and the Xeon variant. The conversion to 0.18 microns (only from 566 MHz) is currently in full swing and the old PGA370 types in 0.25 microns are only available to a limited extent. In the roadmap are both variants with 733 (this Monday), 766 MHz (from October)planned, as well as one with 800 MHz and more. However, the clock rate of the front side bus remains at 66 MHz. Only the Celeron for mobile devices will get a 100 MHz FSB with up to 850 MHz CPU clock. Fast SpeedStep Pentium III with 800 and 850 MHz are planned for September 25th. A 1 GHz variant is to follow in January 2001. There will also be mobile devices from Timna that come with integrated graphics and a Rambus interface and should be available from the second quarter of 2001. The Intel BX chipset will remain on Intel's delivery list until January 2001, so fans of the chipset can breathe a sigh of relief.