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Intel Pentium 3 Chip ID's

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Mr. Witkins
Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000 - 12:45 pm:   

At what speed do the P3's no longer have the chip id?
Adam Emswiler (Abe)
Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000 - 1:40 pm:   

Well Mr. Witkins, this topic is a big pain with one of my co-workers (unfortunately, I don't think there is an exact cutoff speed). I really hate this conversation, but my co-worker is a pain in the a--.

According to ComputerWorld on 2/9/99 (yes I know it's old), Intel was to ship the PIII processor with the feature turned off, and only able to be turned on with a special utility. More information can be found at:

Searching Intel's website, this statement was modified on 5/5/00: "The processor serial number, introduced to the IntelŪ architecture with the IntelŪ PentiumŪ III processor, is a key feature that software developers can use to strengthen their applications for the evolving world of Internet- and intranet-based computing." This article can be read at:

The final say in this is: Intel is NOT planning on removing the serial number identification in the P3, but will not include this feature in the "next-generation of processors":
quoted here "Intel spokesman Howard High confirmed today that the company will not include serial numbers on the next generation of its processors, code-named Willamette, that will be released later this year. The identification numbers will continue to be used in the Pentium III." Read more from this article at:,3,0-4073,00.html?

Although not much information about Intel's next generation processor, "Williamette" is out there, please see the following site for an overview of Intel's Processor roadmap:

And for those of you that are extremely paranoid, Intel isn't the first manufacturer to install a "chip ID". More info:

If I were you, I'd relax, it's not as bad as it seems.....or is it??


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