The new Intel Tualatin is certainly going to be an interesting extension to Intel's Pentium III line of processors. With performance matching the Athlon, the Tualatin could very well give users a good alternative to using AMD's power hungry Athlon processor. With very low requirements for power (you can still use your old 250W ATX power supply unit) and low heat dissipation (a simple cooler should do the trick), the Tualatin is made for consumers seeking a quick and simple upgrade solution. The drawback is that users are required to change their current motherboard to accomodate the new Tualatin.
The Pentium III has been around for quite a long time, and with the Tualatin, you can be sure of better and more stable performance using a well accepted processor core. The Tualatin is currently not available and we have not received any information pertaining to its launch in Singapore. However, judging from the price of current 1GHz Pentium III processors, we would expect the Tualatin to cost a lot more than the Athlon. If the price of Tualatin could match the Athlon, the new Tualatin could very well give upgraders the reason to move away from the Athlon. But for now, we can only cross our fingers and hope that Intel would do the right thing.