Intel Corporation has introduced its highest-performing Pentium 4 processor ever, running at 2.2 GHz. Systems based on the new chip are available immediately from leading computer makers worldwide.
The new Pentium 4 processor is built on Intel’s 0.13-micron fabrication process, and uses copper interconnect technology. Using this technology, Intel was able to increase the chip’s on-board memory (called level two cache) while reducing overall processor size by over 30%.
The 2.2 GHz Pentium, with 512KB level two cache, is available now and priced at $562 in 1,000-unit quantities. The Pentium 4 processor at 2.0 ‘A’ GHz with 512KB level two cache (‘A’ signifies the 0.13-micron version) is priced at $364. Intel is also shipping boxed Intel Pentium 4 processors up to 2.2 GHz to distributors and system builders world-wide.
The 2.2 GHz chip comes at a time when nearly 450 million people use PCs that run at 700 MHz or less. While those PCs were state of the art two to four years ago, they pre-date the MP3 revolution, streaming video on the Internet, recordable DVDs and the online gaming phenomenon.
The most recent data from InfoTrends Research Group shows that 33% of online households own a digital camera. By 2005, Forrester Research says that 92% of US online households will create and share personal multimedia content.