by Anton Shilov
05/12/2004 | 03:19 PM
Intel said Wednesday that shipments of its 90nm Pentium 4 chips had increased 1 million units per week by late April, which is on-track with the company’s expectations to ramp up volume production of its 90nm products in shortest time possible.
The world’s largest maker of computer chips – Intel – had to face numerous challenges with the latest version of its Pentium 4 chip, as the company embraced new 90nm fabrication process, 300mm wafers with new equipment as well as the new internal design of the chip itself.
Intel uses strained silicon and new materials with its 90nm process technology, which brought some additional difficulties. Furthermore, the company ran into power leakage problem, current flowing in a circuitry that is not being used at the moment. Even though the issue has been around for decades, it became dramatically serious with Intel’s Pentium 4 E processors known as
The internal design of the Pentium 4 “
Intel did not elaborate on the speed-mix and product-mix of its 90nm products at press time. The company also did not indicate whether it is satisfied with the yield and costs of its 90nm goods.
Some customers of the company were initially not satisfied with the supply of high-speed 90nm