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1/13/2002: Pentium 0,13 microns 4, in the hunting for the Athlon XP
There begin coming to the shops the first units of the new Pentium 4 with nucleus Northwood, that is to say, made with 0,13 micron s technology and with the double of cache memory L2 (512 KB).
They use like connector the Socket 478, and exist in speeds of 2,2 GHz and 2,0 GHz; the last one is named "Pentium 4 2.0 A", to separate it from the previous model with 0,18 microns nucleus, which exists so much in format Socket 478 as Socket 423. The prices, 562 $ and 364 $, respectively.
The manufacture in 0,13 microns technology reduces perceptibly the electrical consumption and the heat generation for the mike, allows to reach major speeds (in GHz) with more facility and, of course, it reduces the size of the nucleus of the mike, being therefore cheaper of making of big quantities. Undoubtedly a big step passes of Intel, which has seen how in the last two years AMD was obtaining an almost unthinkable market share in other times, thanks to his Duron, Athlon and Athlon XP (all of 0,18 microns).
It is very significant the fact that the microprocessors Athlon are, to GHz equality, much more rapid than the Pentium 4. Nevertheless, to convince in this reality the user, AMD has had to resort to a denomination of "equivalent yield": this way, the recent Athlon XP 2000 + works to 1,67 GHz, but it gives good results (at least) so much like a Pentium 4 of 2 GHz.
This nomenclature has been received well because AMD has been very conservative on having done the "equivalence", but the true thing is that from now on Intel will be able to raise quickly the brute force (the GHz) of his Pentium 4, therefore AMD will have to accelerate its own transition to 0:13 microns. The struggle warms up...: moreover!!
More information in:
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News written for: Juan Herrerías