Intel today promoted its Pentium II to server status by releasing a new line with ECC (error correction code) on the L2 cache. The chip giant says the addition will make the part more suitable - and faster - for low-cost servers and workstations in mission critical environments. Non-ECC Pentium II chips will continue to be sold.
While Intel maintained that the Pentium Pro remains its fastest and most scalable processor, the introduction is another nail in the Pro coffin. Even without ECC, server vendors have been promoting the Pentium II as the chip of choice in many server and workstation configurations.
"Providing ECC capabilities on the Pentium II processor enables high-performance and increased reliability for the demanding volume server market segment," said John Miner, vice president and general manager of Intel's enterprise server group in a prepared statement.
The new chips will be manufactured on Intel's 0.35 micron process and run at 266MHz and 233MHz clock speeds. Available now, the chips cost $805 and $666 respectively.
Separately, Intel said its 300MHz Pentium II processor, priced at $1,981, is now shipping.