Feeds

A year ago: Intel sings like canary with flu

Secret price cut shape of things to come

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

So that was Christmas and one day after the Boxing Day festivities, an email arrived from Santa Claus from Santa Clara, confirming the cut which dare not speak its name. Quoth Santa: "You have been speculating about price cuts in January. I can now tell you that in response to customer requests to establish entry-level Pentium II processor-based systems in Q1 1998, we are conducting an out-of-cycle price reduction on our 233MHz Pentium II processor. "This new price will enable OEMs to offer unprecedented levels of performance at entry-level price points, beginning in January 1998. According to our regular schedule, Intel will provide updated microprocessor pricing for the rest of our product line later in January." OK, so we got that one right then. Bumped into a security guard at a major publishing house in London who, knowing our trade, told us that he'd already placed an order for the 333MHz part which will arrive in the shops, distributors and OEM establishments towards the end of this month. (If there's an erratum, we won't see twin sets for a while (passim)). That, of course, will coincide with a drastic slashing exercise as Intel prepares to once again shift the goalposts on the processor front. At the same time, Deschutes will splash onto the tarmacadamy in a bid to convince the universe that what it needs is more power. But over in AMD-land, Intel's crafty fork technique (passim) has the boys and girls running around in a bit of a panic, we understand. It will introduce a pre-emptive price strike to persuade OEMs and the now vast assembler market that yes, content/archive/84, it will do its thing to keep at that lower price point. We'd seen it in the US press, but now it can be confirmed that the three Wise Men: AMD, Cyrix and Centaur/IDT, are huddled up considering a unified approach to MMX extensions, Ye Socket Seven Standarde and the ilke. They'd better get their act together fast, we think here at The Register. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?