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Item #

A3100

1997 Intel Prototype Willamette Dual CPU Chip

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Price $

125

This is a seldom found original Intel Prototype Experimental CPU Chip called the “Willamette Processor” and marked “Intel Confidential”.  The Willamette processor was to be the next generation of Intel 32-bit chips that was expected to reach speeds over 2GHz.  It is stamped “Intel Confidential ……QT69ES”.   It was the first step towards the Dual Core Processor.  This was the first new chip design from Intel since the release of the P6 in 1995 to 1999 (Pentium Pro, II, III, Celeron, Xeon).  The Willamette was released to consumers on November 20, 2000, boasting speeds of 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz.  It uses a modified socket 370 design with 423 pins.  The system bus for the Willamette is quad-pumped and runs at 400MHz by default (4*100MHz).  Intel mated the Willamette with Rambus DRAM and the Tehama / i850 chipset.".  NOTE – This is NOT the mass produced Willamette CPU.  It is the Prototype for Intel internal testing before mass production.  Collectors of Intel computer memorabilia will find this to be a highlight to their collection.

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