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Intel launches fastest P4

Intel has launched its fastest processor yet for desktops. The Pentium 4 2.53 GHz with 533 MHz front side bus (FSB) should improve the experience of users of a wide range of applications.

Intel has launched its fastest processor yet for desktops. The Pentium 4 2.53 GHz with 533 MHz front side bus (FSB) should improve the experience of users of broadband content, games, and help businesses get the most out of their software.

A key aim of the processor is to improve the rate at which XML can be processed. According to Intel, 88% of chief information officers (CIOs) rated XML internet programming as the software that had the biggest impact on enterprise during 2001, so the ability to improve processing speeds by three times should lead to significant productivity gains.

The gains to be had in broadband content are also said to be significant. Gilbert Lacroix, general manager Middle East and Africa, bemoaned the the obstacles facing broadband uptake in the Middle East and emphasised that governments need to offer more encouragement. “Demand for broadband in the Arab world is growing and we at Intel are constantly lobbying governments to make it as attractive here as it is in the rest of the world—typical monthly subscription rates throughout this region well exceed the $40 threshold rate that in our experience, triggers widespread uptake of broadband subscription.”

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