Intel's oft-delayed ‘system on a chip’ Timna processor is delayed no more. It is dead.

The company has cancelled all plans for Timna, a processor with integrated graphics and memory controllers targeted at low-cost PCs and due to arrive in the first quarter of 2001.

Intel dropped its plans for Timna for several reasons.

According to Seth Walker, an Intel spokesperson, when the company started designing Timna several years ago, vendors wanted an inexpensive integrated CPU to use in PCs priced under £400.

Today, separate processors, chip sets, and motherboards are costing less, which makes them more attractive to vendors than an integrated product, he says.

Vendors have also been saying they prefer the design flexibility of individual parts, he says. Low-cost parts such as Intel's Celeron processors and 810e chip sets give them more options.

Timna has already been delayed once since Intel first discussed it in early 1999. Originally it was to arrive in the second half of this year, and in June Intel delayed it until early 2001.