by Anton Shilov
02/09/2004 | 03:26 AM
Intel is not expected to supply 3.40GHz Pentium 4 E processors until next month, moreover, it decided to postpone the 3.73GHz version of its Mobile Pentium 4 E processor until the first quarter of next year, people familiar with the company’s plans told X-bit labs.
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Mobile Pentium 4 E processors with the Hyper-Threading technology are now also slated for release in Q2 2004, a quarter later than initially planned. The first 90nm chips for portable PCs will be clocked at 2.80GHz, 3.06GHz and 3.20GHz, will feature 1MB L2 as well as 533MHz processor system bus. Faster flavours of the Mobile Pentium 4 E CPU will be available in Q3 and Q4 – 3.46GHz and 3.60GHz respectively. The Intel Mobile Pentium 4 E processor 3.73GHz originally meant to be introduced in the third quarter 2004, are now scheduled for the first quarter 2005.
Intel Mobile Pentium 4 processors are intended for full-size desktop replacement notebook computers. Since such machines are not meant for continuous operation outside home or office, CPU power consumption is not really important for such PCs. Still, heat dissipation may become an issue for this kind of applications due to space constraints.
Apparently, Intel does want to continue its NetBurst Mobile Celeron processors for DTR laptops as well. According to the most recent plans, Mobile Celeron central processing units with clocks-speeds at 3.06GHz, 2.80GHz, 2.66GHz and 2.53GHz will launch in the second quarter. 3.20GHz, 3.33GHz and 3.46GHz
A peculiarity of Intel’s CPUs for DTR computers is relatively low price compared to processors tailored for operation in mobile applications. Intel Mobile Pentium 4 E 3.20GHz, 3.06GHz and 2.80GHz products will cost $294, $234 and $202 at launch respectively. Intel Mobile Celeron 2.80GHz, 2.66GHz and 2.53GHz SKUs will be priced at $109, $85 and $75 when released in volume quantities.
The main advantage of the new 90nm processors for desktop replacement laptops is higher clock-speed compared to 130nm brethren. Other advantages, such as SSE3 technology, are not tangible at present, as software makers still need to catch up with the world’s largest chipmaker to take advantage of the innovations Intel’s new processors may have.
Representatives for Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker did not comment on the report.