International Meta Systems is planning to bring out a high-performance Pentium P55C clone with MMX multimedia capability next year, adding yet another competitor to this increasingly crowded field.
The Meta 6000 processor will be compatible with Intel's P55C Pentium processor but run as much as 30 percent faster. The fastest chips from IMS will be equivalent to an Intel P55C processor running at 260 MHz and 300 MHz, according to the company's chairman and CEO George Smith.
In addition to offering it to system vendors as an alternative to Intel's chips, the Meta 6000 chip will be marketed as plug-in replacement for "lower-performing Pentium processors" in existing Pentium PC systems, Smith said.
Meta is working with an still-unnamed chip manufacturer to produce the processor, which is expected to ship as a commercial product in the third quarter of next year, Smith said.
The P55C processor from Intel is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 1997 and is expected to run at speeds topping out at 200 MHz. The P55C includes MMX technology for running multimedia tasks much faster than traditional Pentium processors.
IMS said it is also working on a chip called the Meta 7000 which will be competitive with next-generation Intel processors and also include a Java processor for direct execution of Java code.