Intel Corp. has delayed the release of the 3GHz Pentium 4 processor due to "anomalies" in the new chip, according to a company spokesman.
However, the delay shouldnt cause the Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker too many headaches as long as it doesnt stretch out over more than two months, one analyst said.
Intel spokesman George Alfs said that in recent testing, engineers "found an anomaly with" the chip, which was scheduled to be released on Monday along with a chip set aimed at high-end PCs.
Alfs would not elaborate on the nature of the problems, but said they only involved the Pentium 4 chips that support a new 800MHz front-side bus in the 875P chip set, formerly known as Canterwood. A 3.06GHz Pentium 4 with a 533 front-side bus has been shipping since November. He also was unsure how long the delay would be, saying only that Intel officials "expect to be shipping soon."
Rob Enderle, an analyst with Giga Information Group Inc., said its not unusual to see delays in chips as manufacturers continue to crank up the performance.
"This isnt going to do a lot of damage, unless the delay is longer than two or three months," said Enderle, in Santa Clara, Calif. "Its generally better to do these things right than do them fast."