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Intel Delivers Breakthrough PC Technologies To Enhance Digital Home and Office Experiences
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 21, 2004 - In one of the most significant PC platform changes in a decade, Intel Corporation today announced products that usher in a range of audio, video and other capabilities previously found only on specialty PCs.

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  Intel® LGA775 package technology
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November 20, 2000
Intel Introduces The Pentium® 4 Processor


Video with New Intel® Pentium® 4 HT Logo

Laser Etching on Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor

Animation: Hyper-Threading (HT) at Work

Inside Intel's Fab 11x


Audio News Release -- 918 KB MP3 file
Audio News Release, Spanish -- 928 KB MP3 file

Pat Gelsinger sound bite -- 745 KB MP3 file

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  • Intel® Pentium® 4 Processors, wafers, etc.
  • Motherboards and Chipsets for the Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor
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Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor on 300mm Wafer
3 GIGAHERTZ PENTIUM 4 PROCESSOR LAUNCHES - An Intel technician holds a 12-inch wafer that contains hundreds of 3 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 processors. The processors are the first to operate at the speed of three billion cycles per second. They also include a performance-enhancing innovation called Hyper-Threading Technology, which allows a processor to handle multiple "threads," or streams of work, simultaneously. Intel estimates that HT Technology can improve a personal computer's performance by 25 percent. Intel begins shipping the 3 GHz Pentium 4 processors on Nov. 14.

Fab Worker holding an Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor on 0.13-micron technology
FASTEST, SMALLEST INTEL® PENTIUM® 4 MICROPROCESSOR - An Intel factory technician examines a 2.2 Ghz Intel® Pentium® 4 processor. The processor is based on the semiconductor industry's most advanced high volume manufacturing technology called the 0.13 - micron process. The process allows processors to be designed with circuits so small that 55 million transistors can be placed on the single chip on the technician's fingertip. It would take almost 1,000 of the "wires" between the transistors placed side-by-side to equal the width of a human hair.

Fab Worker holding an Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor
TWO BILLION CYCLES PER SECOND - An Intel factory technician examines an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, the first general purpose microprocessor for personal computers to reach the 2 billion cycles per second milestone. The 2 GHz Pentium 4 contains 42 million transistors and is nearly 400 times as fast as the Intel processor inside the first IBM PC introduced 20 years ago.

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