SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today officially launched its 2.4-GHz Pentium 4 processor, which the company claimed is now the world's fastest microprocessor for desktop computers. The central processor unit is being fabricated by Intel on 300-mm and 200-mm wafers using the company's 0.13-micron process technology.
The 2.4-GHz Pentium 4 has 512 kilobytes of level-two cache and is selling for $562 each in quantities of 1,000 units. Intel said it is also shipping "boxed" Intel Pentium 4 processors with speed up to 2.4 GHz for system integrators.
Using the 300-mm diameter wafers and 0.13-micron process technology, Intel said it is now able to ship more than 10 times the number of Pentium 4 processors that it was delivering in the first quarter of 2001. Two months ago, Intel announced it had begun production of processors using 300-mm (12-inch) wafers and the 0.13-micron technology (see Feb. 25 story).
"We have enhanced our 0.13-micron process with faster transistors, smaller feature sizes, and 300-mm manufacturing efficiencies, while we continue to ramp up production in multiple factories," said Sunlin Chou, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group.
Intel said it now has five fabs in 0.13-micron production--four of them running 200-mm wafers and one running 300-mm wafers. The 0.13-micron technology and 300-mm wafers enable Intel to produce more than five times the amount of product on a single silicon substrate compared to the initial process and 8-inch wafers used to make the first Pentium 4 processors in November 2000.
The Santa Clara chip giant said it is aiming to shipping 3-GHz Pentium 4 processors by the end of the year.