According to X-bit Labs, Intel's next desktop processor will cost a cool $640 US dollars (1000 unit bulk price) when it's launched later this year.
The processor currently code-named as Prescott and which branding is still to be determined will be produced using 90nm strained silicon manufacturing process. The Prescott core is said to consist of 100 million transistors, about the same number as found on the high-end AMD Athlon 64 chips that also due to come this year. The forthcoming Prescott CPUs will feature 16KB of L1 cache and 1MB of L2 cache. Furthermore, Intel will implement a more efficient pre-fetch mechanism as well as Hyper-Threading technology into its next-generation NetBurst processors. Besides, Prescott is expected to bring the highly-anticipated 13 Prescott New Instructions (PNI) some of which address thread synchronization and one should improve the speed of processing video encoding tasks. Other new instructions support floating-point-to-integer conversions, SIMD floating-point operations and complex arithmetic operations. Finally, Prescott will support Intel's La Grande security technology that helps to create a safer computing environment for e-Business, enabling protected execution, memory and storage.More information @ X-bit Labs