Intel to spread NX support across processor line
This article over at DigiTimes claims that Intel will eventually integrated the Execute Disable bit across its entire processor lineup.
Although the plan covers Prescott-based Pentium 4 and Celeron D CPUs for desktop PCs, the Pentium M and Celeron M for notebooks, and the Xeon line for servers and workstations, only LGA775-pin processors with E-0 stepping will initially have NX Bit support, said the sources. They added that the letter “J” will be used after model numbers to distinguish chips incorporating the new technology.
Xeon, Pentium 4, and Celeron D processors with Execute Disable support will apparently appear this quarter, followed by new Pentium M and Celeron M revisions next year.
The DigiTimes article also reveals that Intel will cut Pentium 4 and Celeron D prices on the 22nd of August, just in time to rain on AMD's Sempron parade. The cuts will hack 35% off the price of a Pentium 4 560, dropping the chip's price down to only $417 and making room at the $637 price point for an upcoming 3.8GHz chip.