Chip giant Intel has unveiled three Pentium 4 processors that support its hyper-threading technology and a trio of low-cost chipsets which aim to bring HT technology to mainstream consumer PCs.
The latest Pentium 4 processors - 2.80C, 2.60C and 2.40C GHz - come equipped with hyper-threading technology and an 800MHz system bus.
The supporting 865G and 865PE chipsets, formerly codenamed Springdale, mark the beginning of the chip giant's Stable Image Platform Programme, which was unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum in February.
Previously codenamed Granite Peak, the programme aims to provide at least 12 months of chipset hardware and software driver stability for PC buyers.
Intel claimed that the combination of hyper-threading technology, a faster system bus and technologies such as integrated graphics and Gigabit Ethernet for the desktop would enhance the appeal of its offerings.
The company added that hyper-threading-enabled PCs could perform more functions at the same time without sacrificing performance.
Users can, for example, record live TV while gaming without playback quality being affected, or they can play games while encoding the latest music in the background.
In 1,000-unit quantities, the Intel Pentium 4 processors 2.80C, 2.60C and 2.40C GHz with hyper-threading are priced at $278, $218 and $178, respectively.
The Intel 865G chipset is priced at $44 with integrated software Raid and $41 without Raid. The 865PE chipset is $39 with integrated software Raid and $36 without. The 865P chipset is $36 with integrated software Raid and $33 without.
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