It'll be a busy month for Chipzilla as it launches a whole slew of new products that it doubt hopes will take the shine off the arrival of AMD's Thunderbird and Duron processors.
The Solano i815 and i815E chipsets aren't even here yet and they're already getting rave reviews, albeit by being compared extremely favourably with the chipset you love to hate, the Caminogate i820. With ATA100, four USB ports, six AC97 channels and inbuilt networking, the E variant has the improved I/O controller hub, ICH2, as will its big brother, the i820E.
The 815 and 815E will support 100 and 133MHz SDRAM for system memory.
Also slated for June 19 is the 750/600 MHz Geyserville/SpeedStep mobile Pentium III, leaving just the 800/650, 850/700 and 900/700 to come. You'll notice these are nice round numbers, as Chipzilla has absolutely no plans to introduce a mobile processor with a 133MHz front side bus.
Next up is another pair of mobiles, the 600 and 650MHz mobile Celerons. Interestingly, all 0.18 micron Celerons – both desktop and mobile – come with Screaming Cindy's Extensions, although Intel doesn't really want anyone to talk about it in case it dents sales of the higher margin mobile PIIIs, so keep it under your hat, will you?
On the desktop, the 19th should also see a 633 and a 667MHz Celeron, still at 66MHz FSB (The 700MHz flavour, pencilled in for September, could be the first Celeron part to sport a 100MHz FSB – it'll depend on market conditions (aka is Duron posing a threat?) rather than any tricky technical issues).
And, saving the best till last, Son of Caminogate, the i820E chipset, is also poised to burst upon an unsuspecting World on the 19th. Featuring the enhanced ICH2 I/O controller and up to four (count 'em) RIMMs which we are assured will work properly, the 820E will also support PC100 and PC133 SDRAM (although we are reliably led to believe the 133 stuff will only work at 100MHz). ®