Tualatin (named after a river in Oregon, USA) is a gap filler for the Intel Corporation, a very vital gap filler in their processor line up. Later this year Intel's processor options for the consumer will be limited with only 3 processors to choose from. We will have the Pentium 4 as part of the High End market, the Pentium III as part of the Mainstream market and the Celeron in the Value part of the Market. There is one disadvantage to this.
By the end of Q2 this year the Pentium 4 will nearly be hitting 2GHz but the Pentium III will still remain at 1.0GHz (due to the Aluminium Manufacturing Process), leaving a massive gap between clock frequencies allowing AMD to take a large chunk of the market share. AMD will have a vast array of processors with a range varying clock frequencies that lie within the P4/PIII gap. Tualatin will bridge the performance gap between the Pentium III and Pentium 4 and allow direct competition with AMD Athlons upto and above 1.2GHz. Intel really have screwed their heads on with this CPU as it hosts not only an exception amount of L2 Cache but also support for DDR SDRAM via a new Intel chipset.
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