Pentium (R) Pro processor press release (fwd)

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Speeds Range from 150 MHz to 200 MHz

SANTA CLARA, CA. November 1, 1995 -- Intel Corporation today introduced the
next generation of the Intel Architecture, the Pentium(r) Pro processor,
debuting at speeds as fast as 200 MHz, with 366 SPECint92 performance.
The 5.5-million transistor chip achieves performance levels that exceed
today's workstations and servers that use proprietary RISC technologies,
signaling the arrival of PC price/performance to these high-end market segments.

Pentium Pro processor-based systems are being introduced by a large
group of companies starting today. Fully-compatible with the volume of software
that has grown up around the Intel Architecture, the Pentium Pro processor's
unique Dynamic Execution architecture is targeted at speed-hungry needs such as
technical computing, mission-critical enterprise applications and new PC uses
such as multimedia authoring. With the Pentium Pro architecture, the same Intel
microprocessor line that has driven down the cost of mainstream computing power
for more than a decade will now be accessible to these more technical computer

The 150-MHz Pentium Pro processor is built on Intel's high-volume
0.6-micron manufacturing process. The higher-speed versions of the processor
are produced on Intel's advanced .35-micron manufacturing technology. This
same production science is building the highest-performing members of the
Pentium processor family and will continue to spawn new members of that line
for today's mainstream desktop and mobile PCs, while the Pentium Pro
architecture leads the PC industry into higher-end applications.

Extending the Reach of the PC
"Pentium Pro processor-based systems will bring PC economics into market
segments that haven't seen PC-style price/performance in the past,"
according to G. Carl Everett, senior vice president, Desktop
Products Group. "These systems are excellent solutions for high-end
applications in the financial, visual computing, and scientific and technical
worlds. In the enterprise-computing arena, Pentium Pro processor-based servers
will offer an unprecedented level of scalability, allowing server building
blocks of two- and four-processor systems to be built for a fraction of the
cost of proprietary solutions."

Everett noted these segments typically employ workstations and
servers running 32-bit operating systems and software, such as Windows NT
and UNIX, areas in which the Pentium Pro processor will be a highly-competitive

"In real-world testing with users who typically manipulate 3D
images, work with full-motion video, and create content for World Wide Web
pages, our findings indicate the Pentium Pro processor's high performance and
underlying PC economics will provide a compelling reason for those users to own
a single desktop system for both their authoring and personal productivity
needs," Everett said. Workstation users typically have two systems on their
desks, one for workstation applications and a PC for everyday uses such as
word processing and electronic mail.

In addition, the Pentium Pro processor's architecture allows
multiple processors to be interconnected, offering outstanding scalability to
form larger, high-performance systems. This capability has already garnered
support in the technical arena. The U.S. Dept. of Energy selected the Pentium
Pro processor to power a 9,000-processor system that will deliver 10 times the
performance of today's fastest supercomputers and will be used to study nuclear
weapons safety.

"The Pentium Pro processor's architectural enhancements make it
possible for system manufacturers to deliver servers with the reliability,
availability and serviceability found in more expensive systems," Everett said.

Variety of High-Performance CPU, Cache Configurations
The Pentium Pro processor offers performance of 276 SPECint92 (an
industry-recognized CPU performance benchmark) at its 150-MHz entry-level speed
and scales to 366 SPECint92 in its initial versions.
The Pentium Pro processor comes to market as a family of products,
with different versions designed for various price points. Innovative packaging
technology allows Intel to offer both CPU and Level 2 cache (a high-performance
bank of memory) in the same package. This technology allows for various
configurations of CPU speed (150 MHz to 200 MHz) and cache sizes (256 kbytes and
512 kbytes).

All prices shown are in 1,000-unit quantities and performance of a
given configuration is also listed. A processor price list and more
comprehensive performance data is available upon request.
Shipping today is a 150-MHz Pentium Pro processor with a 256 kbyte
cache (276 SPECint92, 220 SPECfp92) priced at $974; 180-MHz CPU with 256 kbytes
of cache (327 SPECint92, 254 SPECfp92) priced at $1,075; 200-MHz CPU with
256 kbytes of cache (366 SPECint92, 283 SPECfp92) priced at $1,325. Currently
sampling with volume production scheduled in the first quarter of 1996 is a 166-MHz
CPU with 512 kbytes of cache (327 SPECint92, 261 SPECfp92) priced at $1,682.

Intel is planning to upgrade the 200-MHz version of the Pentium Pro
processor in Q2 1996 with a 512 kbyte cache. The larger cache size is
particularly useful in multiprocessing systems where software performance across
multiple CPUs is a key design factor. Performance data on the 200-MHz CPU with
512 kbytes is not yet available. Pricing on this product will be $1,989 in Q2

In addition, many of the high-performance systems based on all
these devices will be upgradable to future Pentium Pro processor technology
through Intel's OverDrive(tm) processor product line.

New PCIsets for High Performance
In addition to the Pentium Pro processor, Intel also introduced two
PCI chip sets that support different configurations of Pentium Pro
processor-based systems -- the 82450KX for high-end desktops and workstations
and the 82450GX PCIset for servers. The 82450KX for workstations and high-
performance desktops supports uniprocessor configurations, including those
upgradable to dual processing platforms. These PCI chip sets deliver superior
I/O performance and scalability to Pentium Pro processor systems and

The 82450GX is the first PCIset to support multiple PCI slots and
"glueless" multiprocessing which reduces time to market and development costs
for system vendors. In addition, the 82450GX supports up to four processors
and provides upgradable memory up to 4 GB. The capability to support multiple
PCI buses also gives system manufacturers broad flexibility and new
functionality in system design.

In 1,000-unit quantities, the 82450KX PCIset (QFP packaging) is
$209. The 82450GX PCIset in Quad Flat Packaging (QFP) costs $291.60.
BGA (Ball Grid Array) packaging options are also available on PCI bridge and
data path components at $303 in 1,000-unit quantities.

A variety of tools are currently available to assist developers of Pentium
Pro processor-based systems. Integration tools (logic analyzers and emulators)
are available from American Arium, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Tektronix Inc.
Simulation models are available from Cadence Design Systems Inc, CAST Inc.,
Synopsys Inc., and RAVIcad Inc. Cadence also offers a design kit. I/O
buffer models are located within Intel's Component Technical Documents
Worldwide Web site. For more information on these tools, see

For detailed information on the Pentium Pro processor, visit
Intel's home page on the World Wide Web at URL
Intel's home page is featuring a variety of virtual reality environments that
allow PC users to experience the capabilities of the Pentium Pro processor.
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading
manufacturer of personal computer, networking and communications products.