Intel is planning to
deliver a 1Ghz x86 design
with cache on-board in 2000. To
achieve this, they will rely on a new design rather than the
current P6 core which is used in the Pentium Pro and Pentium II.
The article also mentions that Unix will be a key OS for
Merced: "Ask analysts, it's more scalable than
[Microsoft's Windows] NT"
said Fred Pollack of Intel.