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Ever since the official 'launch' of Pentium III Coppermines back on 25 Octoberh, Intel's distributors, dealers and smaller system builders have been the first to suffer from shortages of the processor. But now, to add insult to injury, the same people have been told that when the 1GHz chip-candy is being handed out, they will be the last in line. Intel is instead focusing its attempts to supply just about everyone else before disties and dealers get their mitts on the 1GHz Coppermine Pentium III it introduced at the beginning of this month. The chip giant recently circulated its distributor and dealer channel with the following note: "Intel® Boxed Processor Availability Update "Intel Confidential Information Disclosed under Non Disclosure Agreement "This is a notice to inform you of the current availability outlook for the Intel boxed processors sold through authorized distribution channels. This outlook statement is based on current expectations - it is forward looking and actual results may differ. We recommend that system integrators contact their authorized distributors for specific availability and pricing information. "Intel® Pentium® III Processor 1GHz "On March 8, 2000 Intel announced the introduction of the Intel® Pentium® IIIl processor 1GHz. Intel is initially working with customers that can provide the biggest impact in the consumer enthusiast segment at launch. Broader quantities of Pentium III processors 1GHz will be available in Q3 '00. Shipment of Boxed Intel Pentium III processors 1GHz are expected to begin at that time." So it will be the third quarter before there will be boxed Intel 1GHz processors. There's no word yet to the channel on when they can expect to receive boxed 866MHz and boxed 850MHz processors. But if the above is anything to go by, they'd better not promise their customers too much. On the other hand, perhaps it is yet another cunning way Intel has found to drive formerly loyal customers into the arms of its smaller competitor, AMD. ®

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