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Intel has advised system builders to make use of socket to slot convertors in order to avoid problems caused by its rapid movement from Slot One microprocessors to flip chip (FC-PGA) packaging. But OEMs are cavilling against the Intel recommendation, as being unsuitable for any products apart from the Celeron platform. In an Intel memo that the company sent out to its channel partners three weeks back, it advised that system builders could avoid some problems caused by its rapid transition between the two different platforms. In the memo, Intel said: "Intel is now shipping CA810E desktop boards to support Pentium III processors in FC-PGA package and is planning additional board offerings. Other motherboard vendors are also shipping socketed boards that support Pentium III processors in FC-PGA package. For more information about boards and slot-to-socket adapters go to the Technical Center on the IPD Net located at: http://program.intel.com/ibp/techcenter/" But several system builders in the UK have told The Register they are unwilling to use these type of adaptors, and want Intel to ship the brand new motherboards that will support the FC-PGA. So far, these are unavailable in any real quantities. ® Intel confirms huge Pentium III shortage

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