Intel's next-generation chip gets the Pentium III handle, a marketing decision that lets the company use its most successful brand name once again.
Intel's Katmai Pentium II processor, due next year, will boost how 3D graphics and video are viewed and manipulated.
Software developers will receive prototypes of Intel's successor to MMX along with related software tools.
Although the Intel 100-MHz system bus is yet to be released, it will likely have a short life, according to industry pundit Michael Slater.
With Intel's 1999 Katmai technology, a revamped MMX will debut in chips running as fast as 500 MHz.
In 1999, Intel will ship a new processor technology dubbed Katmai, designed to enhance complex applications such as 3D graphics and speech recognition.
Intel says its next generation microprocessor, code-named Katmai, will be branded as Pentium III and will be released in the first quarter 1999.
The chipmaker accelerates the release of Katmai, the next-generation multimedia processor sometimes referred to as "MMX 2."