Intel Again Won't Meet Chip-Ship Date

Chipmaker Intel ( INTC) on Thursday said it would miss the deadline for shipping its 4-gigahertz version of the Pentium 4, postponing it until the first quarter of 2005, and marking yet another delay for the chipmaking giant.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company now expects to ship the chip, originally slated for the fourth quarter of 2004, in the first quarter of next year, according to Intel spokeswoman Laura Anderson.

Intel's shipping delays have been an ongoing problem this year, spurring CEO Craig Barrett to fire off an email to staff last week that implored them to focus on remedying the company's manufacturing ills. Intel corners the computer chip market, looming large over rival Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD).

Shares of the chipmaker were recently down a penny in after-hours trade to $24.13.

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