SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today hiked the speed of its Xeon processor for two-way servers and workstations to 2.4 GHz, and the company rolled out a range of new Pentium 4 mobile processors with frequencies in the 1.8-, 1.5-, and 1.4-GHz range.
The new 2.4-GHz Xeon, with 512 kilobytes of Level 2 cache, is priced at $615 in quantities of 1,000, said Intel.
The 1.8-GHz Mobile Pentium 4 processor-M sells for $637 in quantities of 1,000, the company said. The 1.5-GHz version of the Pentium 4 mobile processor is priced at $268 each, and the 1.4-GHz processor is $198 in similar quantities.
Intel said its Mobile Pentium 4 processor-M family will bring desktop performance to a variety of laptop PCs, enabling consumers to listen to their favorite digital music on trips, watch DVD movies on airplanes, or send vacation photos via e-mail from anywhere in the world.
More than 30 new laptops are expected to use the new Pentium 4 mobile processors, with systems starting at a price of around $1,300, said Intel.
Meanwhile, Intel's new 2.4-GHz Xeon is aimed at corporate computing customers and enterprise groups. The processor is being built with Intel's advanced 0.13-micron process technology, using 300-mm wafers.
"By continuously accelerating processor frequencies and boosting system performance of the Intel Xeon processor, Intel will continue to widen the performance gap with RISC-based platforms," stated Mike Fister, senior vice president and general manager for the company's Enterprise Platforms Group.
Intel said a number of server and workstation manufacturers are expected to begin shipping systems with the 2.4-GHz Xeon in the next few months. These system makers include Compaq Computer, Dell Computer, Gateway Inc., Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and SuperMicro, according to Intel.