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Intel may not want to have people to plug shiny new Coppermine processors into old socket 370 mobos, but sources claim such a solution is on the way from Taiwanese vendor SiS. According to reliable information received, SiS will build functions into its 630 chipset which will allow end users to swap freely between old Socket 370 chips and the newer, flip chip Coppermines. We're unlikely to see new flip chip Socket 370s until the New Year, according to a number of motherboard manufacturers. According to reader Diego von Deschwanden, who wrote this piece for us yesterday, Intel has changed the function of an important pin on the new socket design, presumably in an effort to make sure it sells bright and shiny new mobos to go with the Coppermine processors. But SiS seems have circumvented those rather devious plans rather smartly... ®

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