Exclusive: Intel dumps Slot 1 for Mendocino

Sources close to Intel have confirmed that the forthcoming Mendocino processor will not use the Slot 1 architecture. Instead, Mendocino, which Intel hopes will receive a more positive reaction than its predecessor the Celeron, will sit on a pin grid array (PGA) similar to socket 7.

Sources close to Intel have confirmed that the forthcoming Mendocino processor will not use the Slot 1 architecture. Instead, Mendocino, which Intel hopes will receive a more positive reaction than its predecessor the Celeron, will sit on a pin grid array (PGA) similar to socket 7.

Intel has confirmed the report saying "the socket is a PGA called socket 370 and enables OEMS (Intel customers) to achieve cost savings. Slot 1 is more expensive because of its packaging".

The spokesperson also confirmed that socket 370 operates at a bus speed of 66MHz compared to Slot 1's 100MHz. "This is not a replacement for Slot 1, nor is it a replacement for Socket 7," said the spokesperson. "It's simply a way to give OEMs more flexibility on low cost systems."

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