NEW YORK -- At the Technology Exchange Week trade show here, an Intel Corp. executive disclosed plans to officially unveil two new microprocessors in July, including the company's fastest Pentium 4 chip.
Mike Splinter, Intel's executive vice president and director of worldwide sales, said in a keynote address on Wednesday that the company will introduce 1.6- and 1.8-GHz versions of the Pentium 4 processor series next month.
Based on 0.18-micron process technology, the new central processing units will fill in some critical gaps within Intel's flagship Pentium 4 line. At present, the company's fastest Pentium 4 is a 1.7-GHz CPU designed for high-end PCs and low-end workstations.
The new products are also designed to fend off competitive threats from Intel's archrival--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Presently, AMD's fastest Athlon processor runs at speeds of 1.4-GHz, but the company plans to roll out a 1.5-GHz version in the near future.
Separately, Intel provided an update on its 0.13-micron technology. The company claims it has been shipping a 0.13-micron version of the Pentium III processor line since May, reportedly including a 1.13-GHz chip for desktop PCs.
As expected, Intel showed the a 0.13-micron processor line for notebook PCs at the TechX NY trade show (see June 22 story). Dubbed the mobile Pentium III processor-M, the chip reportedly will run at speeds from 866-MHz to 1.13-GHz, according to sources.
Later, the company plans to offer a 1.33-GHz version of the mobile Pentium-III processor-M. Housed in a 478-pin FCPGA package, this processor family will support 512-Kbytes of Level 2 cache.