New Prescott stepping due out in May
Xbit labs is reporting that Intel has a new Prescott Pentium 4 stepping in development.
The Pentium 4 processors with 1MB L2 cache on the 90nm process technology will undergo C-0 to the D-0 core processor stepping change. The fresh D-0 stepping will incorporate planned power optimizations to enable speed enhancements, something that Pentium 4 “Prescott” processors badly need these days.
D-0 Prescott samples will apparently trickle out to manufacturers for validation by the end of the month, but commercial chips based on the new core aren't expected until May. Given Prescott's relatively poor clock-for-clock performance, high power consumption, and toasty operating temperatures, this new stepping can't come soon enough.