Intel earlier this week continued the speed war with rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) with the launch of its 800MHz Pentium III processor.
This trumps AMDs 750MHz Athlon processor launched late in November and costing $US799 per 1000units.
Both brands are based on 0.18micron technology, with Intel planning to open a new 0.18micron technology manufacturing plant in New Mexico early in 2000.
Intel's new processors feature Advanced Transfer Cache and Advanced System Buffering and are targeted at high-end operators such as video editors and 3-D gamers.
The Pentium III processor is priced at $US851 in 1000 unit quantities.