Intel Timna microprocessor family

Timna microprocessor family was announced by Intel in 1999. Timna was planned as a low-cost microprocessor with integrated graphics unit and memory controller designed to work with Rambus memory. The company anticipated that by the time the processor is released to market, that is in the second half of 2000, the price of Rambus memory would fall to the level where it could be used in value computer systems. As the price of Rambus memory failed to drop, Intel decided to use a bridge chip (Memory Translation Hub or MTH), that was already used with Intel 820 chipset, to link Rambus memory controller with less expensive SDRAM memory. When a serious bug was discovered in the MTH design in the first half of 2000, Intel recalled the MTH and delayed Timna release until the first quarter of 2001. After that, the company started redesign of the MTH component from scratch, but due to continuing problems with the newly redesigned MTH part, as well as due to lack of interest from many vendors, Timna family was finally cancelled on September 29, 2000.
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Type:
Low-cost 32-bit CPU
Announced:
1999
Planned release:
Second half of 2000
Frequency (MHz):
600 - 700
L2 cache size:
128 KB