The 550-MHz “flip-chip” Pentium III will be delayed by about a month due to an apparent packaging error.
The flip-chip is named for the way in which the chip’s 370-pin package is mounted onto the die. Because Intel has moved the Level 2 cache onto the chip, the Single-Edge Cartridge Form Factor package can be eliminated.
Intel has reportedly told PC companies that the flip-chip form factor will be delayed until the end of February.
However, OEM and industry sources said they were relatively unconcerned over the delay, which does not affect a similar 500-MHz speed grade flip-chip, expected to be introduced on schedule at the end of January.
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