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Intel Launches 2GHz Pentium 4 Processor

(August 27, 2001)
Intel Corporation introduced the Intel Pentium 4 processor at 2 gigahertz (GHz) -- or two billion cycles per second -- crossing a key technology milestone and extending the PC's ability to meet evolving user requirements for today and the future. Computer makers worldwide launched systems today based on the new Pentium 4 processor and on other Intel technologies.

Intel and more than 40 software vendors and computer manufacturers demonstrated a range of new applications and products optimized for the Pentium 4 processor for both consumers and business users. The company also highlighted key Intel platform elements, including today's high performance 850 chipset and the upcoming low-cost 845 chipset that deliver the performance of Pentium 4 processor-based systems across all mainstream price points. These are enabling computer makers to offer a variety of Pentium 4 processor-based systems, ranging from the highest-end configurations to systems under $1,000.

Pentium 4 processor-based systems are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users. For consumers, Pentium 4 processor-based systems are perfect for creating and sharing digital media, delivering maximum performance for processing digital video and audio, displaying 3-D graphics, and taking advantage of the latest Internet technologies. For business users, the Pentium 4 processor enables increased levels of productivity and collaboration, as well as the system longevity and return-on-investment needed to achieve the greatest competitive advantage for today and the future. The Pentium 4 processor also delivers performance for the next generation of software applications and Internet innovations.

Systems based on the Pentium 4 processor at 2 GHz can create and share digital media up to 81 percent faster than a computer with a Pentium III processor at 1 GHz. The Pentium 4 processor at 2 GHz also enables business users to increase productivity more than 50 percent compared to a Pentium III processor at 1 GHz, especially in multitasking environments where background tasks like virus checking, encryption and file compression increase the processor workload.

Platforms based on the Pentium 4 processor at 2 GHz feature many of Intel's latest technologies, including the high performance 850 chipset. The Intel 850 chipset's dual RDRAM* memory banks complement the Pentium 4 processor's 400 MHz system bus, handling up to 3.2 gigabytes of data per second. For computer makers and system integrators, Intel also announced availability of two desktop boards today, the "ATX" Intel Desktop Board D850MV and the smaller "Micro-ATX" Intel Desktop Board D850MD.

Intel also previewed its upcoming 845 chipset. The new SDRAM-based 845 platform will provide key cost reductions and greater user choice, enabling a new, high volume mainstream platform for business.

The Pentium 4 processor at 2 GHz is the world's highest-performance desktop processor as measured by the SPEC CPU* 2000 benchmark. The Pentium 4 processor at 2 GHz delivers the world's highest desktop processor score on SPECint*-base2000, with a score of 640. In addition, the Pentium 4 processor at 2 GHz delivers a SPECfp*-base2000 score of 704. For more information on Pentium 4 processor performance, visit

The Pentium 4 processor at 2 GHz is manufactured on Intel's high-volume, 0.18-micron process technology, and is available now. In 1,000-unit quantities, the 2 GHz version is priced at $562; Intel also launched a 1.9 GHz version priced at $375. Intel is shipping boxed Intel Pentium 4 processors up to 2 GHz to distributors and system builders worldwide.

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