Intel has rolled out three of the company's fastest Pentium 4 desktop processors to date. Pentium 4 chips running at clock speeds of 2.53GHz, 2.40GHz and 2.26GHz were introduced yesterday, according to representatives for Intel in Santa Clara, California.
Designed to power high-end PCs targeted at users who prefer to stay at the top of the PC performance curve, each new Pentium 4 chip is supported by a 533MHz system bus.
Earlier Pentium 4 chips communicated to the rest of the PC via a 400MHz system bus. The faster 533MHz bus will assist the increased clock speeds of the chips in delivering added performance to PC end users, according to Intel.
All three new Pentium 4 chips are supported by the 850e chipset.
A Pentium 4 processor running at 3GHz is expected to arrive by year's end, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.
Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, competes primarily with Sunnyvale, California-based Advanced Micro Devices for market share in the PC and mobile processor space.
A 2.53GHz, 2.4GHz and 2.26GHz Pentium 4 processors start at $US637, $562 and $423, respectively, in lots of 1000 units, according to Intel.