Intel 4GHz Pentium 4–scheduled for release early next year and originally due out at the end of 2004–won’t come out at all now. Instead, Intel will boost performance on its chips by increasing the size of the cache, a pool of memory located on the processor for rapid data access. In the future, these chips will have 2MB of cache, like Intel’s Xeon server chips and the “Extreme Edition” Pentium 4s designed for gaming PCs. Intel will continue to come out with Extreme Edition chips by boosting the bus speed and cache size. The first mainstream Pentium 4 with 2MB of cache will run at 3.8GHz and come out early next year. Intel also intends to emphasize more sharply technologies such as 64-bit functionality, HyperThreading and a security technology called LaGrande. It will also increase development efforts on dual-core chips with the goal of a 2005 release. Intel has already “taped out,” or completed, the design on its dual-core Pentium-style chips, a major milestone that Intel has not announced until now.

Intel 4GHz Pentium 4–scheduled for release early next year and originally due out at the end of 2004–won’t come out at all now. Instead, Intel will boost performance on its chips by increasing the size of the cache, a pool of memory located on the processor for rapid data access. In the future, these chips will have 2MB of cache, like Intel’s Xeon server chips and the “Extreme Edition” Pentium 4s designed for gaming PCs. Intel will continue to come out with Extreme Edition chips by boosting the bus speed and cache size. The first mainstream Pentium 4 with 2MB of cache will run at 3.8GHz and come out early next year. Intel also intends to emphasize more sharply technologies such as 64-bit functionality, HyperThreading and a security technology called LaGrande. It will also increase development efforts on dual-core chips with the goal of a 2005 release. Intel has already “taped out,” or completed, the design on its dual-core Pentium-style chips, a major milestone that Intel has not announced until now.