P4 with 4 GHz and Its Successor "Prescott"
All bets were on for insiders speculating on the clock speed that Intel would introduce at its desktop conference held during the IDF, on Wednesday, February 27. The latest that the chip manufacturer had introduced was the Pentium 4 with 3 GHz, so expectations were running even higher as a video clip from the Intel lab was presented, showing a Pentium 4 with 4000 MHz. A few industry experts took this soberly - actually, they were expecting clock speeds of up to 5 GHz.
The demo allowed us to determine that the P4 with 0.13 micron at least has the corresponding potential for increasing the clock speed. At the same time, the Pentium 4 successor "Prescott" was mentioned, which will be launched in the middle of next year. The new processor is based on 0.09 micron structures, which should easily allow for clock speeds of 4000 MHz and higher.