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Intel Ships 2.2GHz Pentium 4 with DDR RAM Support

By John Virata
Intel Corp. today unveiled a 2.2GHz Pentium 4 processor and chipset that supports double data rate (DDR) memory, making it the fastest Pentium 4 CPU to date.

Intel also announced that its Intel 845 chipset offers support for DDR, or double-data rate, memory, making its CPUs compatible with the same very fast and efficient RAM technology that rival AMD has been using for the last year. Intel offers CPUs and chipsets that support all the major RAM technologies: SDRAM, DDR DRAM and RDRAM, the proprietary and expensive memory technology developed by RAMBUS, Inc., of which Intel supported with cash infusions during the development of RAMBUS RAM.

The new processor, running at 2.2GHz is produced using new 0.13 manufacturing processes that enables the world's largest CPU manufacturer to eke out twice as many processors from a single wafer. The 0.13 manufacturing process employs copper connections, which offers superior electricity conduction than that of aluminum, common in the 0.18 micron manufacturing process that Intel previously employed in its Pentium 4 manufacturing process.

Compaq Computer Corp. and Dell Computer Corp. also announced today that they will ship systems based on the new processors and DDR DRAM.

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