Intel to unveil new processor
KARACHI- The computer prices of existing models are expected to come down with the fresh arrival of a new computer processor with unsurpassed high speed to be launched in the country on November 21 at Karachi.
Processing speed of the new Intel Pentium 4 processor would be 4.4 GHZ, nearly six times higher than that of the previously marketed versions. It is estimated that with the arrival of the new processor chip, value of the Pentium Ill processor based computers would come down.
At present, a multimedia compatible Pentium 3 system can be bought at 30,000 to 35,000 rupees. While second hand versions can be obtained around 25,000 rupees. Pentium II system is available at a very short supply while Pentium 1 has nearly vanished from the used computers market.
It was calculated that with this new arrival, value of second hand Pentium III computers would come down to 20,000 rupees.
Nearly 90 per cent of the computers used in the country are unbranded as branded systems come with a high price tag. Though laptops are branded, but their usage is very limited.
According to hardware sellers and resellers there would be a boom in the market for upgradation of already existing machines to meet the new standards.
The actual figure of total number of computers in the country is not available with any government agency or department concerned.
Tom Burns, lntel’s Regional Content Group Head, in a seminar arranged by The News had said that the corporation had shifted its focus of 70s from computer manufacturing to Internet development. He added that the world was moving towards “I billion Internet connected personal computers by the year 2003.”
Previously Intel had taken over the Pakistani market with the Pentiums offering high speed Internet connectivity and easy approach to multimedia applications over the web.
Source: The News