Intel is planning to launch a raft of chips early next year next year, reports have claimed.
A new 1.3GHZ version of the Pentium 4 will allow PC manufacturers to sell PCs containing the chip for less than $1,600 (£1085), according to US reports.
A low power Pentium III chip for notebooks - to compete against processors from the well-backed Transmeta Crusoe chip project - will also ship in the first quarter, reports added. The chip was originally scheduled for the middle of next year.
Details of forthcoming products come at the end of a difficult year for Intel. The chip giant has been struggling recently with lower than expected earnings partly because of a slow growth in the PC market.