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A leading hardware site has asked Intel nicely not to implement a plan to prevent the production of dual Celeron systems. (See Intel could nip dual Celeron move in bud) CPU Review has posted a petition to its site which can be viewed here. At Computex in Taiwan at the beginning of the month, a motherboard manufacturer showed a design which allowed twin Celerons to run together. The idea was originally invented by a Japanese engineer, and according to reports, Intel was unhappy with the idea, and therefore wanted to nobble such designs by disabling the feature that allowed for dual Celerons. When we spoke to Intel earlier this week, a representative pointed out that implementing dual Celerons was not part of the original system spec for the cut down Pentium II processor. CPU Review's petition reads: "We, the undersigned consumers hereby respectfully request that Intel does not disable the SMP capabilities of the Celeron processors. We believe that business users will use Pentium II, III and Xeon processors for production servers due to their large L2 cache sizes. Disabling SMP on Celerons will only hurt technical enthusiasts." We don't know if Intel responds to petitions and it's an interesting idea. ®

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