Xbit-Labs reports a lot of new facts regarding the future plans of Intel :
First of all, let us talk about the up and coming Pentium 4 “Prescott” processor. According to the current plans, Intel will launch them in the second half next year. The newcomers will provide the Hyper-Threading II technology (that is the official name of the Prescott New Instructions, PNI) and will be made using the advanced 90 nanometer process. Yesterday it was reported that the novelty will be able to hit the 5.0GHz mark easily, and we now confirm this fact.
What is extremely important, Intel will speed up the transition to the 90 nanometer manufacturing process. By the end of the second quarter 2003, 90 nanometer products will represent 5% of all processors made by Intel. By the end of the third quarter next year, the figure will achieve 20% of all CPU chips from the largest semiconductor manufacturer and by the end of the year, the company will make 40% of the processors using this technology. The trend to implement the newest processes as fast as possible will also continue in 2004. By the end of the first half, the company will make 90% of their CPUs using 90 nanometer technology. After that, the company will immediately start to make the transition on the 65 nanometer process.