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Intel Revs For Centrino Launch

An Intel executive said the chip maker has found the glitch that pushed the launch of the next-generation Centrino mobile CPU, code-named Sonoma, to the first quarter of 2005 and confirmed that some units will ship to PC makers in the fourth quarter.

"We wanted to make sure we addressed a quality issue we found in a late stage of validation," Anand Chandrasekher, vice president of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group, told financial analysts Wednesday. "We have since found that issue and fixed it."

The Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker still expects the chip's volume roll-out to be in the first quarter, Chandrasekher said.

Intel has been beset recently by a series of execution problems, including the delayed launch of Sonoma, a delay until next year of the forthcoming 4 GHz version of the Pentium 4, and inventory imbalances. Those issues, among others, convinced top brass at Intel to tell customers they would undertake a top-to-bottom review of its entire product roadmap to ensure there would be no further slips or disappointments.

Chandrasekher made his remarks in one of Intel's regular, quarterly calls with financial analysts to provide detailed updates on its various lines of business.

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