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NEC Direct, a subsidiary of Packard Bell, slammed the use of non-Intel chips today as it introduced a sub-£500 Celeron based PC. Colwyn Munro, general manager of NEC Direct, said: "Basically people want entry-level PCs but they don't want non-Intel processors, 14-inch monitors and tiny hard drives -- and they are extremely wary of buying from unknown manufacturers." But that is likely to cause fury over at Packard Bell. Earlier this year, as reported here, they made a very deliberate decision to dump Intel processors and use Cyrix and AMD parts instead. Later, Munro attempted to rescue the situation. He explained: "Packard Bell and NEC are run as entirely separate entities. PB looks after consumers and NEC looks after the business side." Ahem. ®

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