Intel's Small Form-factor Desktop Roadmap

Little fleas have lesser fleas...

Intel's latest desktop processor release schedule includes a new category: small form-factor machines. Some industry analysts have been banging on about how these slimline desktops will soon come to dominate corporate PC purchasing, and it appears Intel is beginning to take note.

It all sounds a bit too much like previous fads for ergonomically designed computers and, later, thin-client systems to us, but clearly there must be something to it or Intel wouldn't be sniffing around the (potential) market.

Come to think of it, a move by Intel to satisfy the demands of such a business ties in nicely with its keenness to drive the adoption of legacy-free PC designs.

Interestingly, Intel doesn't see the market as a corporate-only affair, since it has mapped out a release programme for small form-factor PC-oriented Celeron processors too. Both the Value (Celeron) and Mainstream (Pentium 4) segments lag a step or so behind their equivalents in Intel's main desktop roadmap.

That said, the roadmap includes a 2.3GHz Pentium 4, which isn't listed on the desktop roadmap. The chips will use the '-P' suffix to indicate their aimed at the small form-factor market, eg. Pentium 4-P.

Q1's processors will be launched very early next year - before 27 January 2002, in fact, since on that date, the 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz parts' prices will cut in line with the other price adjustments Intel is scheduled to make on that day. We've listed the launch prices in the roadmap; the 1.6GHz chip will fall to $189 and the 1.6GHz chip will fall to $268 on 27 January.

Q1 2002

  • 1.6, 1.8, 2.0GHz Pentium 4-P - 0.13 micron Northwood - 512KB on-die L2, 400MHz FSB $225, $289, $476

  • 1.33GHz Pentium III-P - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 128KB L2, 133MHz FSB - 30W power consumption $257

  • 1.2, 1.3GHz Celeron - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 128KB L2, 100MHz FSB

  • 1.0, 1.1GHz Celeron - 0.18 micron - 100MHz FSB

Q2 2002

  • 1.8, 2.0, 2.2GHz Pentium 4 - 0.13 micron Northwood - 512KB on-die L2, 400MHz FSB

  • 1.40GHz Pentium III - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 128KB L2, 133MHz FSB

  • 1.2, 1.3, 1.4GHz Celeron - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 128KB L2, 100MHz FSB

Q3 2002

  • 2.0, 2.2, 2.3GHz Pentium 4 - 0.13 micron Northwood - 512KB on-die L2, 400MHz FSB

  • 1.3, 1.4, 1.5GHz Celeron - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 128KB L2, 100MHz FSB

Q4 2002

  • 2.3GHz+ Pentium 4 - 0.13 micron Northwood - 512KB on-die L2, 400MHz FSB

  • 2.2, 2.3GHz Pentium 4 - 0.13 micron Northwood - 512KB on-die L2, 400MHz FSB

  • 1.5GHz+ Celeron - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 128KB L2, 100MHz FSB

  • 1.4, 1.5GHz Celeron - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 128KB L2, 100MHz FSB

In future, we'll wrap changes to Intel's small form-factor desktop processor roadmap into our main desktop release schedule. ®

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