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Intel Roadmap Update June 1999 Part 3: Desktop Chipset and Mobile CPU Roadmap

Mobile CPU Roadmap

The most different CPUs are currently found on Intel's Mobile processor roadmap. Don't get confused though, as a matter of fact it's the roadmap I honestly like best.

All the nice and actually well performing notebook CPUs we are using right now will be gone pretty soon. Celeron will be available in faster versions and the only young Pentium II / 'Dixon' will very soon be replaced by Coppermine for notebooks.


The top four CPUs in this list are marked green for a reason. They include Intel's upcoming 'Geyserville'-technology for notebooks. Geyserville is nothing really too spectacular, but it's a pretty good idea. It makes sure that the CPU gets clocked down, the core voltage drops and thus the power consumption becomes less once the notebook runs from its battery, prolonging its operating time. This means that a 'Geyserville'-enhanced CPU might run at the same speed as a slower CPU without 'Geyserville'-tech when operating the notebook from the battery, but as soon as you plug it into the next power-plug, the 'Geyserville'-CPU can supply you with its full performance.

Mobile Pentium III

Coppermine includes the cache on-die and runs at low-voltage due to its .18µ-core, which is why it's a perfect CPU for notebooks. All versions above 500 MHz will include 'Geyserville'-technology and the first three will be launched with Coppermine for desktop and Camino on September 5, 1999. There's not really that much to say about it, except that this will start the era of 'indispensable' SSE-enhancements on notebook-platforms. The only thing I cannot understand is that mobile PIII 550 will be launched after mobile PIII 600, maybe someone from Intel could give me a call and explain that to me.

Mobile Celeron With SSE

Isn't it cool that the mobile Celeron will be the first to receive the SSE-blessings? The launch of mobile Celeron with SSE 450/100 and 500/100 will be in Q1 next year, whilst the desktop Celeron will have to wait until Q2/2000 to be equipped with the 'Coppermine-128'-core. Anyway, it shows how important the notebook-segment has become. I'm sure we can expect great performance on the notebooks of the close future. I'm really looking forward to it.

Tomorrow this series will finally be finished with the Server CPU Roadmap, Server Chipset Roadmap and the pricing chart. Then you can read about Merced, Foster, Willamette and their platforms ...