Users itching to lay their hands on speedier PCs will soon get their wishes fulfilled.

Both chip giant Intel and rival AMD used the Comdex IT trade show trade in Las Vegas this week to demonstrate PCs powered by processors running at speeds up to 1.5GHz.

Intel, however, looks set to take over the bragging rights for the speediest processor on the market, as systems based on its Pentium 4 processor running at 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz are set to be released 20 November in tandem with the official release of the speedy chips.

AMD, meanwhile, is due to ship a 1.5GHz version of its high end Athlon processor in the first half of 2001, company officials announced yesterday. In an invitation-only showcase AMD showed off a prototype system featuring a 1.5GHz Athlon.

"We had the speed record for a while, and now they will have it for a while," said David Somo, vice president of marketing for AMD's products group.

While AMD's speediest Athlon currently on the market clocks in at 1.2GHz, Intel has only managed to hit 1GHz with its Pentium III series, following a recall of a 1.13GHz version earlier this year.

Prototype systems featuring the 1.5GHz Pentium 4 were showcased by system vendors including Gateway and Toshiba on their stands.