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Cunning plans that Alpha Processor Inc (API) had to replace its dual-CPU mobo, the UP 2000, with the UP 2000 plus have gone awry, according to Korean sources close to the company's plans.

The UP 2000 was a 64-bit based dual microprocessor mobo, while the UP 2000+ is slated to have two 64-bit PCI buses, and to auto-detect Slot B chip speeds and set up a system. The UP 2000 required switch configurations. API told its customers to order the new mobo last month.

However, as we reported in August, although the switch from the UP 2000 to the 2000+ was planned for late September/October, the project is now delayed and there are few motherboards sloshing around in the channel.

Our source said: "Traditionally September is one of the two busiest times of year for sales of Alpha systems, as all the professors get back to work at the Universities, and want to blow grant money won over the summer holidays."

There is now a one month backlog on UP 2000+ systems.

Meanwhile, the UP 1500 board has started to appear in the shape of engineering samples, despite company denials that the product even existed last month. For example, there are spec sheets at this Samsung page.

The problem with the UP 2000 is that API had told its customers to order the 2000+ in August, as it was phasing out the old mobo.

API was not immediately available for comment at press time. ®

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