Although the new Pentium 4 chip released today, code-named Prescott, was intended for desktop computer machines, some computer manufacturers will be placing the new Pentium 4 chip in notebooks to be sold after March 1.
Intel is launching the new desktop Prescott processors today so this means Chinese notebook makers will be able to roll out the first desktop Prescott notebooks in March.
Using desktop Prescott processors, which are cheaper than mobile type processors will give them cost advantages over using Mobile Prescott processors, but they will not be very power efficient and use up battery life quickly.
Desktop Prescott processors running at 2.8, 3.0 and 3.2GHz with a 800MHz FSB (front-side bus) will be priced at US$178, US$218 and US$278, respectively.
As time marches on the Prescott chip will surpass the 4GHz speed, so look for notebook computers availabe by years end that have bad battery life but amazing speeds.