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Intel Developer Forum Senior Intel VP Paul Otellini today put flesh on the bones of its new motherboard design and said the Pentium III will have a new socket design shortly (see Intel Flex ATX motherboard to use 810 chipset). In an interview with The Register, Otellini said: "We will have small form factor Pentium III products and most will ship with some kind of socket design in time for when these machines ship. I won't commit to what kind of socket it will have." Otellini said the first machines using the new form factor will "certainly" be available by Christmas this year. He said Intel would have liked to have started shipping in August. Instead, machines are likely to arrive between September the first and November the first. The form factor machines are likely to be cheaper to manufacture than current PCs, but end users can expect to pay more for them. Because many of the designs use LCD screens, they will, however, "be more expensive than a beige box", he said. The introduction of the machines was not a kneejerk reaction to the success of the iMac, Otellini claimed. "Certainly the iMac was a wake up call to the [PC] industry," he said. ®

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