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Intel crows about Flash contracts

Sells bucketloads of memory, surprise, surprise

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Not to be outdone by AMD, Intel has been baying this week about flogging huge amounts of Flash memory itself. Both Cisco and Siemens have agreed to by the non-volatile memory from Chipzilla.

The Siemens deal, announced today, is worth $2 billion to the mighty silicon lizard. The German company is buying all that Flash for its mobile phone production operation. It will also buy other semiconductor parts "to enable next-generation audio, video, image and voice communications" in Siemens phones and wireless devices.

The agreement with Cisco is on similar lines: the Great Satan of Routers also wants shedloads of Flash chips, this time for cable modems, low-end routers and desktop switches. Neither company would say how much the deal is worth.

And here's an opportunity to play The Register's PR Spot The Difference game. Compare and contrast these two company statements:

"This agreement with Siemens reflects Intel's role as a leading wireless building block supplier to the Internet economy," said Ron Smith, senior VP and general manager of Intel's Wireless Communications and Computing Group.

"This long-term agreement with Cisco reflects Intel's broadening reach into the communications sector, as we continue to serve the industry as a leading building block supplier to the Internet economy," said Curt Nichols, vice president and general manager of Intel's Flash Products Group.

Last week, AMD announced a major Flash sale to Lucent - the comms company will buy AMD Flash memory parts for the next three years. Before that, AMD announced a major Flash sale to Palm. ®

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