Intel's 0.09-micron yields rapidly improving

This report over at The Inquirer suggests that Intel's strained silicon 0.09-micron process is finally ready to roll:
Intel says the 90 nano process has "experienced rapid yield improvement and the defect density is now down to the low level needed for high volume manufacturing".
Rapid yield improvement is good news for those waiting for Intel's upcoming Dothan and Prescott processors, but it doesn't guarantee that the new chips will be delivered soon. Rumors of a Prescott delay continue to swirl, which makes me wonder if the chip is being held up by more than just the 0.09-micron manufacturing process.
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