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Highest Performance Desktop Processor at 2.8 GHz

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World’s Highest Performance Desktop Processor at 2.8 GHz

Intel Corporation today introduced new versions of the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor – the world’s highest performance desktop microprocessor. At speeds now up to 2.8 GHz, the new processors allow consumers to enjoy a richer PC experience with broadband audio and video content, games, music, photos and movies. At the same time, systems based on the high-performance Pentium 4 processor are a valuable investment for a child’s education. In business, high-performance PCs can help maximise productivity in multitasking environments.

“The latest Pentium 4 processors, when combined with Intel’s newest chipsets and the latest operating systems, make computers higher performing and more capable,” said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Desktop Platforms Group. “A consumer can scan photos three times faster and edit photos more than four times faster than they can with an older computer.”

The Intel Pentium 4 processor is by far the leading microprocessor for consumers and business users worldwide. With a 512K Level 2 cache, a choice of 400 or 533 MHz system bus speeds, and manufactured on Intel’s leading 0.13-micron process, the Pentium 4 processor continues to set new standards for high-performance PCs.

Leading Performance for the Digital Lifestyle
With high-performance PCs, consumers can dramatically reduce the time it takes to encode digital media such as music, pictures, and movies. A computer based on the Pentium 4 processor operating at 2.8 GHz can convert more than five one-hour videotapes to MPEG-4 digital video in the same time a 500 MHz PC can convert a one-hour videotape. Compared to a 500 MHz PC, consumers can edit photos more than four times faster with a PC based on the Pentium 4 processor 2.8 GHz.
Benefits for Business
High-performance Pentium 4 processor-based PCs enable greater user satisfaction with quicker response time and improved productivity in today’s multitasking business environments. For productivity and collaboration, Pentium 4 processor-based 2.8 GHz PCs provide almost six times faster performance than the current installed base of older PCs. For XML-based Web services, Pentium 4 processor-based 2.8 GHz PCs provide almost four times faster performance than the installed base of PCs.

Businesses that replace their older PCs will enjoy decreased capital costs, labor costs and help-desk calls. Studies show an average three-year benefit of $US561 per user from reduced IT infrastructure spending**, including a ten percent cost benefit by moving a system running Windows* 9x to Windows 2000, and three to five percent going from Windows 2000 to Windows XP***. IT analysts recommend upgrading PC hardware and operating systems at the same time to reduce overall administration costs, and because hardware cost is a small fraction of total cost of ownership. This means that a new Pentium 4 processor-based system provides a compelling way to get the most out of the latest software and operating system capabilities, while making end users more productive.

Educators, Parents, and Students Believe in Computing
In a nation-wide study, 84 percent of teachers believe computers improve education****, while 93 percent of parents believe the Internet helps students learn new things. Seventy-eight percent of students said they believe the Internet helps them with schoolwork*****. All agree that PCs prepare students for success. With new high-performance Pentium 4 processor-based
systems, educators and parents can be sure that students can take advantage of today’s latest technologies and be ready for future software innovations and applications.

Performance and Availability
The Pentium 4 processor at 2.8 GHz delivers the world’s highest Microsoft Windows* desktop processor performance as measured by SPEC CPU 2000* with a SPECint_base2000* score of 976 and a SPECfp_base2000* score of 915.

Intel also is shipping boxed Intel Pentium 4 processors up to 2.8 GHz to Intel authorised distributors for system integrators worldwide.

Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at

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