At Comdex in Las Vegas in November, Intel will let PC vendors show off systems, in public and behind closed doors, that use more than a dozen processors the company will introduce during the next six months.
With 11 new chips planned on being shown privately to key customers, Intel is laying the groundwork for an ever-increasing variety of systems that PC vendors will roll out in the next year.
On the show floor at Comdex, server makers will offer "technology demos" of systems that use the Profusion core-logic chip set and eight 450MHz Pentium II Xeon processors, with 2MB of Level 2 (L2) cache memory, one Intel executive said.
Among the systems that vendors can show only in private suites are four-processor servers that use a 450MHz Pentium II Xeon processor, with 1MB or 2MB of L2 cache, along with the 450NX chip set. These CPUs incorporate a new "stepping", or manufacturing version of the processor to eliminate the problems that plagued earlier Pentium II Xeon CPUs in four-way configurations, said Anthony Ambrose, director of marketing at Intel's Enterprise Server Group, in Oregon.