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Chip giant Intel said today it is to give "state of the art" PCs, Internet access and services to its 70,000 employees for nothing. The scheme, called the Home PC programme, will utilise the latest (1GHz?) technology from Intel, but this morning the company declined to say who was the supplier. The machines will start to be delivered to employees' homes in June, with rollout completed around the time of the Willamette launch. As the reason, Intel says it wants to give its employees and their families access to both corporate data and unlimited Internet access. One employee, who asked not to be named, said the system spec is as follows: "It will be a Pentium III processor running at 667 MHz, 128 MB RD RAM, 20 GB hard drive, 48X CD-ROM, floppy drive, Intel® Create & Share(tm) camera pack, USB speakers and soundcard, graphics adaptor, modem, keyboard, mouse, monitor, printer, and software. Each employee also will receive an Intel®Play(tm) computer-enhanced toy. And each employee will receive Internet access. Fair play to Intel." We will be very interested to see who the lucky vendor is, but suspect we will only find out if someone nice from Intel invites us to their homes for a cup of tea between now and October... ®

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