February 26, 1999: Intel Pentium III
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1999 – Intel introduces the Pentium III processor. This is based on the sixth generation P6 microarchitecture. The 32-bit x86 “Katmai” (code-name) had a 250 nanometer core, added 2 million more transistors (9.5 million total), improved the L1 cache and followed the cartridge architecture of the Pentium II.
Pentium III processors included Coppermine in 2000, and Tualatin in 2001. Processor speeds went from 450 MHz to 1.4 GHz with a 100-133 front side bus. It also ran IA-32, MMX and SSE instruction sets.
The processor was ultimately was replaced with the Pentium 4 in 2000.
Editors note: This was first thought to be an event on Feb 10, 1999 but proven incorrect. We have made necessary changes with the correct date.
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