Intel to throttle Pentium 4 to 3GHz next year

Chip giant Intel will take its flagship Pentium 4 desktop processors to speeds reaching 3GHz by the end of next year, a company spokesperson said Wednesday.

Pentium 4 processors hitting the 3GHz mark have already been demonstrated at recent developer's conferences hosted by the Santa Clara, California-based chip maker, but Intel's goal is to bring the speedy chips to market before 2003.

The onset of smaller 0.13-micron engineering technology from Intel has played a significant role in accelerating the clock speeds of Intel processors. Intel last month opened a new 0.13-micron processor manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona. The new facility, known as Fab 22, was a US$2 billion investment by Intel.

Intel has intensified its focus on the development and manufacturing of processors for PCs, laptops, handhelds, and other computing devices. The company is phasing out its line of Intel-branded consumer-targeted products such as Intel Create & Share software.

Certain older, slower desktop Pentium III chips have also begun to ride off into the sunset, the spokesperson said.

Intel has given notices of discontinuance to its customers concerning future orders for many Pentium III chips with 100MHz system buses that have clock speeds less than 1.1GHz. But plus-1GHz Pentium IIIs with 133MHz buses are not affected, nor are Mobile Pentium III chips.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Dan Neel

Computerworld

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?