PC vendors ready 2.2GHz Pentium 4 systems

PC makers are preparing computer systems loaded with Intel's new 2.2GHz Pentium 4 processor, due to launch on 7 January.

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PC makers are preparing computer systems loaded with Intel's new 2.2GHz Pentium 4 processor, due to launch on 7 January.

Manufacturers such as IBM, Gateway, Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Micron are each planning to introduce PCs powered by the 2.2GHz Pentium 4 chip.

IBM will launch a 2.2GHz PC before the end of January, a company spokesperson said.

According to industry sources system pricing for PCs sporting the 2.2GHz Pentium 4 chip is expected to be around the $2,000 (£1,384) range, depending on individual configuration,

PC makers are staggering their individual 2.2GHz-based product releases over the course of the next 60 days. Vendors face competition from dedicated, high-performance game systems like Microsoft's Xbox.

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