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Intel Introduces 2.4 GHZ Pentium® 4 Processor

Smaller Circuits and Bigger Wafers

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 2, 2002 - Intel today introduced the Pentium® 4 processor at 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) -- or 2.4 billion cycles per second. Intel is now producing Pentium 4 processors using new smaller circuits and large 300 mm wafers.

The Pentium 4 processor is the world's highest performance desktop processor and the highest-volume shipping microprocessor in the world. Intel now ships well over 10 times the number of Pentium 4 processors compared to its first full quarter of Pentium 4 processor production in the first quarter of 2001.

"The leadership performance and higher density of the 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 processor are the results of continuous improvements in design and process technology," said Sunlin Chou, senior vice president and general manager, Technology and Manufacturing Group. "We have enhanced our 0.13-micron process with faster transistors, smaller feature sizes, and 300 mm manufacturing efficiencies, while we continue to ramp up production in multiple factories. This is part of our ongoing effort to deliver the best computing capabilities to our customers in volume."

The Pentium 4 processor is built on Intel's industry-leading 0.13-micron process technology, which has the fastest and smallest CMOS transistors available in high-volume production. Intel is also now building the Pentium 4 processor on 300 mm wafers. After further optimizing the manufacturing process, Intel has begun production of Pentium 4 processors with 10 percent smaller die area. The combination of larger wafers and smaller die size will lower manufacturing cost and raise output.

Intel has five fabrication facilities in 0.13-micron production now, four running 200 mm wafers and one running 300 mm wafers. With improved 0.13-micron technology and 300 mm wafers, Intel can provide more than five times the amount of product on a single wafer compared to that of the initial Pentium 4 processor that was shipped in November 2000. Each Pentium 4 processor chip has 512K of performance-enhancing level-two cache, 55 million transistors, and advanced (SSE2) multimedia instructions. This processor contains the fastest and smallest (60 nanometers) CMOS transistors in mass production. This leadership in manufacturing technology results in desktop microprocessors with the highest clock rates and performance in the industry. Intel's design and manufacturing improvements will help the company as it seeks to meet its target of shipping Pentium 4 processors at 3 GHz by year's end.

Performance, Pricing and Availability
The Pentium 4 processor at 2.40 GHz delivers the world's highest Windows* desktop processor performance as measured by SPEC CPU* 2000 with a SPECint*_base2000 score of 819 and a SPECfp*_base2000 score of 806.

The Pentium 4 processor at 2.4 GHz, with 512KB level-two cache, is available now and priced at $562 in 1,000-unit quantities. Intel is also shipping boxed Intel Pentium 4 processors up to 2.4 GHz to Intel authorized 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

Intel and Pentium® 4 processor are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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