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Intel to launch 3.2GHz P4 on Monday

ATI to announce 800MHz FSB Radeon IGP chipsets, too

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Intel is expected to announce a 3.2GHz Pentium 4 on Monday at $637 a pop.

And it is believed that ATI will unveil its latest Pentium 4 chipsets on the same day.

The new processor will support a 200MHz frontside bus quad-pumped for an effective 800MHz frequency. It will contain 512KB of on-die L2 cache and be produced using a 0.13 micron fabrication process.

Its price should put the new P4 well above the current top-of-the-range model, the 3GHz chip, which is priced at $437, according to Intel's most recent price list.

Prices for either chip and the rest of the P4 range are not expected to fall until October, just ahead of the launch of Prescott, Intel's next generation of Pentium processor.

ATI is expected to announce its RS300, RS300VE and possibly the RS300M chipsets on 23 June. Officially, the company has said it will release P4 chipsets - branded as Radeon IGP - in the summer, but a Goldman Sachs analyst recently said he believed the products would be launched this month. Timing its own launch to coincide with the Intel announcement is an obvious move.

The RS300 supports the P4's 800MHz FSB and HyperThreading, offers dual-channel DDR 400 SDRAM support, and integrates DirectX 8.1 graphics courtesy of a built-in Radeon 9000 core. The chipset is believed to offer Serial ATA, 10/100Mbps Ethernet and support for six USB 2.0 ports, plus six-channel audio.

The RS300VE is a lower cost product that supports only single-channel DDR. All other features are expected to match the RS300.

What the RS300M offers that the RS300/RS300VE don't (or vice versa) isn't known. However, it is suspected that the RS300M may be intended to operate with Intel's Pentium M processor, aka Banias. ®

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