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In all the flurry about problems with i820 chipsets and "material costs", it's easy to forget that only a little while back, Intel and AMD were head to head over who would be first to rush a 1GHz microprocessor to market.

You'll remember that last week we reported that a clutch of second tier vendors were complaining that supplies were a little tight.

But now it appears that even Intel's top distributor, sorry customer, the Dell Corp, are finding the pesky chips as rare as hen's teeth.

Far from flagging the 1GHz Pentium III Coppermine with a "special edition" button on its site, the Dell Corp now seems not to give the option of any Intel processors running over 866MHz (if we're wrong, we're sure you'll tell us).

Instead, moles close to the chip manufacturer's plans telling us, Intel is readying itself for another round of Gigahurts madness near the end of the month, partially in a bid to attempt to queer Cheapzilla (AMD's) pitch with its Thunderbirds and Durons. Then we can expect a 133MHz GHz Pentium III announcement but don't expect a rush of machines to come trundling off the fab production line. These, too, will be in ultra-short supply for some time to come. ®

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