The products involved are the 450MHz Pentium II and the 300MHz and 333MHz "Mendocino" versions of the Celeron processor. Intel had promised the Mendocino CPUs in time for the back-to-school season. Earlier, Intel had promised Mendocino processors before the end of the year.
Driving the accelerated introduction plans is Intel's changeover from 0.35-micron to 0.25-micron processing, an Intel representative said. That changeover has ramped more quickly than Intel expected, allowing faster product introductions.
With the introduction of the 300MHz Mendocino processor, Intel will be offering versions of the Celeron-300 processor with and without L2 cache. The newer chip will carry a "Celeron-300A" designation to differentiate the products.
Early next year, Intel will replace the P6-generation Pentium II and Pentium II Xeon processors, which today use the Deschutes design, with the Katmai and Tanner processors respectively.