Intel today disclosed multimedia application benchmarks for its Pentium III processor, which is due to ship Friday. Comparing a 450-MHz Pentium III with a 450-MHz Pentium II, the new chip ran Dragon Systems' speech-recognition software 37% faster, Adobe PhotoShop 64% faster, and NetShow video 20% faster.
The applications were optimized for the Pentium III, and the increased performance is attributable to a set of 70 new multimedia instructions in the chip. Intel senior VP Paul Otellini made the disclosure at the Intel Developers Forum in Palm Springs, Calif.
Intel also plans to release a 500-MHz Pentium III on Friday, a 550-MHz version in the second quarter, and a chip that will exceed 600 MHz late this year. Intel's clock speeds of its Xeon chip, which is designed for high-performance workstations and servers, should follow a similar trajectory. Intel officials also said 400-MHz and 450-MHz notebook chips should ship around the middle of this year.
Taking a cue from the popularity of Apple's colorful iMac computers, Intel demonstrated prototypes of several brightly colored models of PCs in an assortment of unusual shapes.