Intel has said since February that the 1GHz PIII would be available only in limited quantities in the first half of the year. To buy one, you'll likely have to buy direct -- via the Web -- from a small group of vendors, says Intel spokesperson George Alfs. Such vendors, including Dell, HP and IBM, can most quickly get products to enthusiasts, which is why Intel picked them to receive the first 1GHz PIII chips.
The new processor will ship in volume by the second half of the year, and systems should hit retail stores shortly thereafter, he says. Pentium-III CPUs have been in short supply generally, although Intel is ramping up to meet demand.