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The Pentium II is a specific type of microprocessor built by the Intel company and introduced to the market in 1997. This technology represents Intel’s sixth-generation design for microprocessors.

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In terms of the development of Intel microprocessors, the Pentium II was built on an earlier Pentium Pro model. Successive designs include the Celeron processor and Pentium II Xeon chip.

The Pentium II featured a slot-based design and lacked a second-level cache. At the time, technology analysts focused on how the announcement of the Pentium II brought competitive focus back to Intel from other competing companies. Technologists were also able to demonstrate the superior functioning of Pentium II chips with operating systems like Windows 95 over earlier Intel microprocessors.

In general, the evolution of the Pentium processor was one part of the rapid advancement of the microprocessor industry, as computers and other devices became smaller and more powerful over time. Much of this activity tracked an idea called Moore’s Law, which posits that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every two years. That rule largely held up from the late 1970s through recent years, but analysts believe that this type of progress will eventually max out and other types of advances will replace this type of innovation with microprocessors.

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