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1GHz T'birds lost in Gateway space

But AMD says no production problems

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A report on the Silicon Investor bulletin board is suggesting that Gateway, which has pledged itself to now ship 50 per cent of its PCs with AMD parts, is kitting out its 1GHz machines with so-called "classic" Athlons rather than the recently released Thunderbird parts.

But there seems to be no official reason forthcoming for Gateway's move to the older 1GHz AMD processor, although there is speculation a-plenty on the bulletin board about possible reasons for the shift, with rumours spreading like wildfire. Oops.

At the Computex trade show in Taipei earlier this month, AMD was forced to give assurances to mobo manufacturers that it would continue supplying Slot A Athlons for at least three months, to avoid a mountain of motherboards - perhaps as many as one million - being rendered defunct because of the move from slot to socket.

However, this major embarrassment is very unlikely to have anything to do with Gateway machines, although the existence of hundreds of thousands of KX-133 mobos is something consumers will need to look out for.

Richard Baker, North European marketing director at AMD, said: "There are no problems with any AMD
production, be it Athlons past, present or any other product for that matter. Gateway has been selling 'classic' Athlon 1Ghz systems for a while now (as you remember they were a launch partner) so it doesn't really surprise me that they may be continuing to do so."

You can find the SI post here. ®

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