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Intel pushes back date for 4GHz Pentium 4

More delays for perfectionist chip maker



Intel has decided to push back the launch date for its 4GHz Pentium 4 desktop processor to the first quarter of 2005, after reviewing its launch schedules and determining it would not be able to introduce the product in sufficient volume, a company spokesman said yesterday.

There are no manufacturing or design issues behind the delay, like the ones that have recently caused Intel to recall and delay some of its chipsets, said Bill Kircos, an Intel spokesman.

"In light of the current environment, we are reviewing our product schedules top to bottom. To get to the volume [of 4GHz Pentium 4 chips] we want to, we are telling [our customers] we're moving to a Q1 launch date," Kircos said.

Intel historically has been known for its design and manufacturing precision, but it has not lived up to that billing this year. Both of its initial 90-nanometer products, the Prescott desktop chip and the Dothan mobile chip, were delayed past their originally scheduled launch dates.

The launch of the Grantsdale chipset, which Intel called one of its most important product launches in years, was marred by a manufacturing glitch that forced the recall of certain chipsets. And Sonoma, Intel's code name for the next generation of its Centrino mobile technology, has been delayed after Intel identified design problems in the chipset.


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