Intel ups the ante with 2 GHz Pentium 4

New chip is purported to be capable of creating and sharing digital media at up to 81 per cent faster than a Pentium III processor running at 1GHz.

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By  Robin Duff Published  August 27, 2001

Intel, not content to rest on its Pentium 4 laurels, has launched a 2 gigahertz (GHz) incarnation of the chip. The new processor is purported to be capable of creating and sharing digital media at up to 81 per cent faster than a Pentium III processor running at 1GHz. PC manufacturers have just begun to offer systems running on the chip.

“The rapid ramping of technology and industry support for the Pentium 4 processor reflects the strength of the underlying architecture and the headroom it provides for the demands of new and evolving usage models,” said Gilbert Lacroix, general manager, Intel Middle East and North Africa. “The experience of the PC industry over the years that usage models evolve and new applications emerge. While innovation can be hard to predict, it is critical for our industry to drive forward looking platform architectures that enable new capabilities. The Pentium 4 processor is an example.”

The 2GHz P4 uses the 850 chipset, whose dual RDRAM memory banks complements the P4’s 400 MHz system bus, which handles up to 3.2 gigabytes of data per second.

The new P4 has been put on sale by Intel at $562 for 1000-unit quantities. The 1.9GHz, also on sale, is priced for the same amount at $375.

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