Intel introduced on Tuesday a 1.4GHz Pentium III for dense servers that need to fit into data-room racks--so-called bladed servers. The chip, which costs $315, is made by way of the 130-nanometer manufacturing process and contains a 512KB secondary cache for enhancing performance.
While Intel has largely phased out the Pentium III from desktops in favor of the Pentium 4, it continues to sell the chip to notebook manufacturers and server makers. The chip consumes less energy than the Pentium 4 and thus produces less heat, so it's better suited to small spaces. The first Pentium 4 for servers, code-named Foster, will come out later this quarter. Compaq Computer, Dell Computer, IBM and NEC, among others, will introduce systems containing the new Pentium III processor this quarter.