Intel Corporation is likely to roll-out Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor at 3.40GHz in the second quarter for LGA775 form-factor, sources close to the company said. The move will effectively give a “green light” for 0.13 micron processors into LGA775 packaging specially developed for high-speed chips made using thinner technologies.The Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.40GHz processor will be released within a few weeks, one of the first days of February. It is already listed on a few webshops: Alternate.de lists it for 999 euro.
Both Xeon MP and Pentium 4 Extreme Edition product families are made at 0.13 micron node that practically reached its final point and will hardly allow producing chips at 3.60GHz or 3.80GHz speeds. Since appearance of Pentium 4 Extreme Edition based on 90nm core this year is unlikely, the 3.40GHz is expected to be the highest-speed for the Extreme Edition processors in 2004.
There is no information whether it is possible for Intel to add more SKUs based on 0.13 micron technology for Socket T.
Source: X-bit Labs