Intel confirms early arrival of P4 at 1.3GHz

It's probably not a swallow, but it is swift

The spin doctors at Intel confirmed today that the semiconductor fabrication plants had speeded up the 1.3GHz Pentium 4 - as reported here yesterday - and gave reasons for the early start.

The 1.3GHz Pentium 4 was not supposed to arrive until the 29th of January next, but a spokesperson said:

"We have added this processor to our line-up in order to enable a broader range of options for our customrs and have begun shipping the part to our OEM customers -- all part of accelerating the Pentium 4 processor ramp in order to enable higher volumes and broader system price points in 2001."

However, she could neither confirm nor deny that Intel was suing Rambus -- as CNBC reported yesterday -- that was a matter for INTC lawyers, she said.

At press time, we are still waiting for said pleaders to call us.

Meanwhile, in the UK, Dell has started flogging systems using the 1.3GHz Pentium 4 for less than a thousand nicker.

So we were right, yet again. ®