Intel has named its upcoming Slot 2 Pentium II microprocessor the "Xeon" and the company said on Tuesday that it will be available in June. The Xeon processor, which will be priced well above prices for the current generation of Pentium II CPUs, is geared toward high-end servers and workstations. The Xeon differs from current PIIs, however, in a few key areas: it supports up to 2MB of L2 cache, and has a full-speed backside bus. The only real surprise today, besides the new name, was the announcement that Xeon will immediately be available in eight-CPU servers. Previously, it was thought that four-way CPU support would be the limit; current PII systems are limited to two CPUs.

Intel also announced that it has ceased production of Pentium and Pentium MMX CPUs to make way for the new low-end Celeron CPU