Intel officially introduced its 366MHz and 400MHz Celerons yesterday but AMD has taken retaliatory action over the holiday period and has slashed the price of its K6-2/400 by $60. Over the last two weeks, AMD has briefed its distributors and dealers about the price drop, which is intended to take the wind out of Intel's sales. The public clash between Intel and AMD hides a bitter battle behind the scenes. As exclusively reported here at the beginning of December, Intel dropped the prices of its 300MHz and 333MHz Celerons in a bid to shift inventory and prepare the market for the January price war. Cyrix and some distributors made the claim that Intel was dumping its stock of Slot One Celerons as it prepared to push Socket 370 processors into the marketplace. The pricing of the AMD K6-2/400 now pits it against Intel's new introductions today. The Celeron 366MHz costs $123 while the 400MHz part will cost $158. The AMD K6-2/400 now costs around $175 while the K6-2/350 is around $100. The lower speed Celerons, the 300A and the 333MHz parts, drop in price to $71 and $90 respectively. Intel also cut prices on its 350MHz and 400MHz parts by five and six per cent respectively to $202 and $353. AMD's argument will be that the K6-2/400 is a far more powerful processor than any of the Celeron parts but we at The Register confidently expect a phone call from spin doctors at Intel tomorrow to rebut that. Just before the Yule period, AMD claimed it would, at some point, resist Intel price pressure during this year. Later this quarter it will release a K6-2/450 part and in February will achieve volume of its K6-3 (Sharptooth) part. All prices are approximate but usually refer to chips sold in quantities of 1,000. Both Intel and AMD salesfolk have been known to vary these prices...depending on the order. ®
Two Comdexes ago, Dana Krelle, the charismatic VP poached from Nexgen, told The Register why it had taken a share in Digital Anvil and how AMD had the DirectX code before anyone else. We listened dutifully, and then were surprised a little last Spring when Microsoft announced it had taken some equity in the company too. We have assiduously followed the tracks of AMD, Microsoft -- and Compaq too -- for many years and think there's more to this than meets the eye. Compaq, for example, had a share in Nexgen. But then Nexgen was bought by AMD. Eckhard Pfeiffer, the CEO of Compaq, has always secretly favoured AMD after the infamous bustup with Intel he had at an Etre conference, exclusively reported here in The Register No. 5.
It's little wonder that in Gulf War II, the US forces targeted Intel's HQ in Baghdad (passim). It now transpires that Intel Celeron is now a phrase gravid with anagrams. For example, not only do we have Electro Lenin, but to show there will be no whitewash in the sepulchre, we also have Electro Linen. However, Encore Lentil is our favourite, while Elect Lenin Or... seems a trifle imperative for our liking. Citroen Ellen has a nice French feel to it, while Clone Lie Rent seems a little harsh.
Interesting Semi Sites Intel Secrets What the Great Satan of Chips doesn't want you to know... CPU Central Reliable source for CPU information CPU Review Good information and links here on CPUs, graphics cards, software Ken Catto's Intell Inside site This man's got an axe and he's sharpening it Kenneth's Tech Page Excellent roadmaps here Tom's Page The doc gets under Intel's skin MicroDesign Resources Kind of competition... Associations, Academia et al Semiconductor Industry Association BOIN's Link Page Excellent set of links from here Semiconductor Satans and Imps IBM Microelectronics The competition to Cyrix no more Rise IDT/Centaur The Great Stan of Chips Andy Grove and his stuff. Where's Great Laurel? AMD What's the competition doing? Great Stan of Tape-recorders National Semiconductor Home of NatSemi...Great Stan of Cyrix ARM A riscy business... Motorola They make other things than phones, you know Cyrix Deep in the heart of NatSemiLand MIPS Sparcing a debate... Hitachi LSI Logic Vanguard The reps for the Taiwanese memory folk Texas Instruments Sprung, full blown, from the head of mighty Zeus Samsung Acer Labs Applied Microcircuits Corporation Fujitsu MicroElectronics Harris Semiconductor Hyperstone Electronics (fab-less) Lintel Lucent Microelectronics Mitsubishi Semiconductors NEC Components NKK LSI Division OKI Semiconductor Toshiba UTMC Western Design Centre Zilog Know of a site that should be listed in these sections? If so, email Mike Magee
Just what is there to the Texas connection between Compaq, Microsoft and AMD? (Story: What's Digital Anvil up to?) No sooner had we posted the last story on Digital Anvil when a source from the US gave us some hints and tips as to what is going on. On the Alpha Processor page, for example, he rightly points out that the partners are Compaq, Microsoft and Samsung. And at Ace's Hardware page, we can read more about the Texas ChipSaw Massacre. Of course, Old Dirk Meyer, in charge of the AMD K7, used to work on the 21264 Alpha design team, and our mole points out that the rumour is that the K7 itself is a 32-bit version of the 21264. More and more amazing. Another rumour doing the rounds is that a Compaq Presario will come with a K7 Slot A inside it -- sooner than we might think, points out our correspondent. We saw a real RoadRunner when we were at the Intel Developer Forum earlier this year. Our correspondent asks: "Is it a Texas RoadRunner?" And are Time Warner, Compaq, Microsoft and Samsung part of that? And why wasn't the Great Stan of Chips invited to that show? More. He asks why Time Warner affiliates are such strong supporters of the Alpha, wonders why Compaq, Microsoft, Samsung and maybe Time Warner will be at this year's National Association of Broadcasters Convention. Why, he asks, has Corel stock jumped by 400 per cent since September last year and is so chummy with Quark -- will they merge? And why are they now using Microsoft Development Tools and Adobe turns nasty when Alpha NT is mentioned. Wow. More. Did Intel pay Adobe to prevent it from porting products to the Alpha NT platform? Will IBM build Alpha processors? The Register will be asking all of these parties all of these questions during the course of this week....®