Users itching to lay their hands on speedier PCs will soon get their wishes fulfilled. Both chip giant Intel and rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) used the Comdex trade show to demonstrate PCs powered by processors running at speeds of up to 1.5GHz.
Intel, however, looks set to take over the bragging rights for the speediest processor on the market, as systems based on its Pentium 4 processor which run at 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz are set to be released in tandem with the official release of the speedy chips.
AMD, meanwhile, is scheduled to ship a 1.5GHz version of its high-end Athlon processor in the first half of 2001. The company showed off a prototype system featuring a 1.5GHz Athlon at Comdex.
"We had the speed record for a while, and now Intel will have it for a while," said David Somo, vice president of marketing in AMD's computation products group. While AMD's speediest Athlon currently on the market clocks in at 1.2GHz, Intel has only managed to hit 1GHz with its Pentium III series, following a recall of a 1.13GHz version earlier this year.
In closed-door briefings with media and analysts, Intel also showed off similar systems from several major PC vendors.
At its Pentium 4 Processor Software Pavilion, Intel also played host to dozens of independent software vendors which demonstrated applications optimised for the speedy processor.