JC meldt dat de release van de Pentium 4 mogelijk met 8 weken is vertraagd. De reden zou zijn dat de Pentium 4 op dit moment nog niet de beoogde kloksnelheden van rond de 1,3GHz bereikt. De huidige samples komen niet verder dan 900MHz, aldus de vage bron van JC. Voor de duidelijkheid: het gaat hier om een vaag gerucht, dat met een behoorlijke vrachtlading zout genomen dient te worden:
Four days ago, I was contacted by a nice fellow with some information about Intel's x86 roadmap. Please treat this with lots of salt, as there is no way that I can back up any of this (eg, treat this as a rumour). On Wednesday, allegedly, OEMs were informed that the Pentium 4 introduction will be delayed for a period of eight weeks. This will apparently not affect the "2000 H2" target for announcement -- it's more a matter of the intro moving from late Q3 to mid Q4 or from early Q4 to late Q4; the specific date details I do not have.
Why? What's the reason for this supposed delay? Well, difficulty in meeting frequency targets was hinted (something about test samples being limited to 0.90GHz, which sorta keeps in line with the alleged 0.80GHz samples hanging about a couple months ago, but makes no sense given the intro speed targets), but is not substantiated enough for my taste. However, what did sound interesting was a note that the P4 test sample systems (allegedly) were as of last week having difficulties booting primary master IDE devices.
But I didn't want to completely depress you. The flip side of this rumour is that the announced speed grades may be increased to 1.50GHz. This is, of course, up from 1.40GHz.