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Intel To Delay New Pentium 4

Already struggling with slips in its mobile line, a minor recall of a recent chipset and inventory balancing issues at the end of the last quarter, Intel has now begun telling customers it plans to delay the launch of its 4GHz Pentium 4 processor, a company spokesman said.

The 4GHz Pentium 4, slated for launch at the end of the year, has been pushed back to the first quarter of 2005, the spokesman said. Though there were no specific reasons for the change, Intel believes that an early 2005 launch would be more realistic time frame for providing an acceptable volume of the processor, he said.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker also is re-evaluating its entire product road map to ensure that future launch dates are doable, the spokesman added.

While product slips are never good news, the latest information comes at a particularly thorny time for Intel. Earlier this month, the company postponed shipment of its next-generation Centrino mobile processing platform until early 2005, explaining that it wouldn't be able to produce the product by late this year, as originally planned.

A few weeks earlier, Intel said it had to recall some of its new Grantsdale chipsets, which had been produced under a faulty manufacturing process. But company executives said the issue was minor and was able to be resolved within days.

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