Pentium 4 processors won’t be taken up in significant numbers until the end of the year, according to leading industry analysts.
Shane Rau, analyst with IDC, doesn't expect the P4 1.8GHz - launched yesterday - to have a significant impact and won't spur high demand for PCs.
For that, we will have to wait for Intel's next-generation Pentium 4, which is expected to power this Christmas’s fastest PCs.
This next generation will be made using the new 0.13-micron process, an improvement over the 0.18-micron process used in making most of today’s chips.
"Intel really wants to get to 0.13-micron and 300mm wafers, both to increase capacity and cut costs dramatically," Rau says.
The forthcoming chip, codenamed Northwood, should also be faster and more efficient than the current crop of Pentium 4s. Prior to that, expect Pentium 4s to hit 2GHz.
Intel has already introduced the 0.13-micron manufacturing process to Pentium III chips for servers and forthcoming PIII Mobile chips, formerly codenamed Tualatin.