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Tualatin a big B-step for Intelkind

Celerons and the universal mobo

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Roadmap One slide of the lastest Intel roadmap the mole showed us before he scurried off into the streets of the West End yesterday, told tales of Tualatin.

This will extend the frequency of Intel's PIII processor in the third quarter of next year, and volume is likely to increase as the .13 micron process begins its ramp.

The 815 B-Step chipset will allow the building of one motherboard to support Tualatin and Coppermine chips - that itself requiring changes to existing mobos.

Intel appears to be advising its customers to stick to current 815 designs and allow a drop in conversion to the 815B so that standard CuMine chips will be supported.

Meanwhile, the 810E2 chipset will be aimed at the value segment in the first quarter of next year, supporting ATA-100, four USB ports, six channels of audio and LAN support.

This now appears to be the thinking on the Celeron platform, which has changed even in the space of a month. The 800MHz Celeron will cost $137 in January, $113 on the 4th of March, and drop to $103 on the 15th of April. May is slated for the launch of the 850MHz Celeron.

The 766MHz will be $110 on 28 January, $103 on 3/4 March, and drop to $82 in April. The 733MHz will be $88 in January, $83 in March and $80 in April.

The 700MHz Celeron will be $83 in January, $79 in March, and $73 on 15 April.

The 666MHz Celeron will drop to $79 in January, $73 in March and disappear in April. Sob.

These prices differ from the previous roadmap we saw. The old 28th of January prices were $138 for the 766MHz, $106 for the 733, $85 for the 700 and $79 for the 666.

Aggression on pricing seems to be the order of battle for 2001. It's going to be a tough old year. ®

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