3.0 is the magic number for Intel

Intel launch the 3.06GHz processor in the Middle East and around the world, Hyper-Threading is now a reality for the home

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By  Graham Stacey Published  November 17, 2002

Intel has broken yet another barrier with the launch of the Pentium 4 3.06GHz processor.

This new technology allows for Hyper-Threading, where a PC may work more efficiently across several applications at any given time. This is achieved because the processor technology makes the software see two processors instead of one. Intel claims that this HT technology can boost PC performance by up to 25%.

Meanwhile, the new 3.06GHz chip is the first commercially available microprocessor to operate at more than three billion cycles-per-second.

According to Intel research (conducted by Harris Interactive) more than 75% of users multi-task frequently or regularly on their PCs - with playing a computer game while burning a CD being the most popular combination. However, almost 50% of those with a machine more than three years old said that they did not trust their computers to handle more than one high-powered task at any single time.

Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of Intel's Desktop Platforms Group, said: "Just as people multitask to get more done, we expect our PCs to do the same. Hyper-Threading technology is a breakthrough computing innovation that helps consumers and business people accomplish more in less time."

Gilbert Lacroix, Intel general manager, Middle East and North Africa, said at the official launch: "We are very proud to hold this launch event on the UAE on exactly the same day as the product is launched worldwide. We have a strong commitment to strengthening the Arabic economies by bringing the latest tools to the region - such as the Pentium 4 3GHz."

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