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Last Passing Maneuver: Tualatin 1266 With 512 kB Versus Athlon And P4

10 New Pins

On the left, the PIII Coppermine, on the right the PIII Tualatin: the 370 pins are a constant. Only the SMD components are smaller than the predecessor's.

Intel already did it once when moving from the Celeron/Mendocino 533 (black PPGA case) to the Celeron/Coppermine 533A (green FCPGA case): new pins required modifications on motherboards. The Tualatin has pins that have been altered too. The pin count of the 370 has not been tinkered with, because that would have meant a new socket.

The chart below shows the pin IDs that were replaced by Intel. Unlike Coppermine, all others retain the same significance. The AF36 is one of the important pins. Its voltage functions to allow the chipset to recognize the processor type. If the AF36 has Vss voltage, then it is a PIII Coppermine; otherwise, it is a Tualatin that occupies socket 370. Depending on the condition, the FSB buffer mode on the i815 chipset and the appropriate Vtt voltage (1.5 or 1.25V) are set.

PinPIII CopperminePIII TualatinDescripton for Tualatin
AF36VssNCfor CPU type detection
AB36VccCMOSVttpull to Vtt
AG1VssVttswitch between Vtt and Vss, depending on AF36
AK4VssVTTPWGRDpull to VTTPWRGD with 1 kOhm resistor
AK22GTL_REFVCMOS_REFGTL_REF=VCMOS_REF=1.0V; divert 1.0V on VCMOS (1.5V)
AK36VssVID[25mV]pull to VID[25mV]
AN3VssDYN_OEpull to Vtt with 1 kOhm resistor
AM2RESET#NCNot connected
X4NCVsspull to RESET# with 1 kOhm resistor
AJ3VssRESET#Not connected