A Chip with Zip

Intel's new Pentium breaks new ground in desktop computing

IT'S HARD TO TELL WHICH IS FASTER THESE DAYS, the speed of data as they pass through increasingly efficient chips or the speed of change in the personal- computer industry. Thanks largely to recent innovations in microprocessor technology, many of today's desktop machines are just as powerful as closet- size mainframes. The latest entry is the Pentium, a new chip developed by Intel that is almost as fast as some supercomputers. The chip, the size of a thumbnail, contains 3.1 million transistors. Not only does the Pentium -- which will be the "brain" of personal computers -- have plenty of giddyap,...

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