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UPDATE: Correcting the statements in regards Intel Pentium 4 3.40/1066 Extreme Edition microprocessor.

Intel Corp. has reportedly moved introduction of its platforms and processors supporting higher-speed processor system bus from the third quarter into the fourth quarter of this year. If the information is correct, the decision continues the raw of Intel’s products delays.

3.40GHz Gallatin Delayed

A report over AnandTech web-site claims that Intel will release its i925XE core-logic along with Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.40GHz processors by the second week of October, 2004. The setback fits into the sequence of Intel’s issues with products postponements criticized by the company’s CEO Craig Barrett recently.

Originally it was said that the company will release its 3.40GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition chip along with i925XE core-logic in Q3 2004, presumably in August. The chip was rumored to be a yet another overclocked 0.13 micron product with 2MB of L3 cache and 1066MHz Quad Pumped Bus. Now it is said that the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.40GHz/1066MHz central processing unit will be available in October and "will be quickly followed" by a 3.73GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition product made using more advanced 90nm fabrication technology featuring Prescott architecture.

Security, Quiet Operation Streaming In

Earlier this year Intel President Paul Otellini said Intel would introduce a yet another version of Prescott processor in the Q4 2004 that contain certain tweaks, such as large 2MB L2 cache, to improve its performance. However, pure speed does not seem to be the only advantage of the forthcoming Pentium 4 “Prescott” processor, as the newcomer will feature XD – also known as NX bit – a certain flag that determines whether instructions can be executed from the page. Additionally, the new chips will feature a special technology called AAC that adjusts performance depending on load in order to maintain low heat dissipation and quiet operation of personal computers.

The NX bit capability is also available on Intel’s Itanium and Itanium 2 microprocessors as well as on AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Opteron series of processors. AMD’s 64-bit chips that are in ramping up today also implement Cool’n’Quiet technology that is aimed to make computers more silent.

Mr. Otellini also said that Intel Corp. is in position to enable 64-bit registers across top-to-bottom desktop family of CPUs, including Celeron and Pentium 4 products when Microsoft releases its operating system for such processors. Microsoft recently said its operating system for x86-64 chips will be released in the first half of 2005.

Representatives for Intel did not comment on the story.

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