Industry experts are expecting Intel to introduce its 3.0GHz Pentium 4 processor before the end of the year.
Jon Scott, director of Silicon Valley-based analyst company Scott and Partners, said it is likely that the chip will be ready for Christmas.
"Our sources indicate that the chip is largely ready to go, and Intel needs a big seller for this year," he said. A 2.8GHz chip is also touted for arrival this autumn, priced at about $640 when puchased wholesale in lots of thousands.
Intel wants to boost its balance sheet with market pace setters launched for the usual pre-Christmas sales boom. Market watchers believe that this year will signal the start of PC sales picking up again.
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