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AMD carries on cutting prices

Just as eggs is eggs, AMD will tomorrow slash prices on its processors, following cuts Intel has just as quietly made. (See Don't buy an Intel Inside PC) Reports said that AMD will slash prices by up to 45 per cent on some parts, shadowing the cuts we predicted over a month ago. The K6-III/450, which competes with the PIII/450, is expected to be priced at $226/1000. That is cheaper than the Pentium III/450, which as our roadmap shows, is now $268(See Intel desktop chip prices) And AMD is certain to re-visit its prices in July, when some Celerons head towards the gulag. Intel will tomorrow release its 550MHz Pentium III, but that means its current 450MHz and 500MHz Pentium III prices will start plummeting. By September this year, those prices will almost have halved. By that time, Intel will be ready to start Coppermining, in the process obsoleting Slot One chips and waving goodbye for ever to Pentium IIs. Incidentally, one of our readers posted us a furious mail saying that Intel should not be investigated for price slashing which has resulted in Cyrix and IDT prices falling. (Story: Will the FTC re-open Intel investigation?) It’s AMD’s fault, he suggested. We suppose you could take that point of view, but if so, you could posit that prices of PCs which cost around $800 now would be around $3,500. There’s no doubt AMD’s moves have forced Intel to revisit its price structure and its product introduction. AMD will intro its K7 at speeds of 550MHz, and at prices in the hundreds of dollars, which will challenge Intel's 550MHz, which intros at an astonishingly expensive $744/1000. The gladiatoral combat, or the battle between TweedleAMD and TweedleDUM-DUM is on… ® See also Celeron trashes PII in new RegMark tests This article, by The Sherriff, explores the essential non difference between the Celeron and the Pentium II platforms (except for the huge disparities in pricing), and why consumers should not be fooled by marketing hype.
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Unnamed 550MHz chip benchmarks revisited by Anand

After we got thoroughly beaten around the head by all kinds of AMD enthusiasts about putative K7 benchmarks we published a while back, we’ve been a bit chary about mentioning the subject again. So we'll wait until Drew Prairie and our friends at AMD release official benchmarks before we have a pop at that subject again. But meantime, our friends on the hardware sites continue unabashed. Over at Anandtech, there is a comparison which mentions "an unnamed 550Mz processor" which could be the K7. (What else could it be?). Anand, incidentally, claims that the Pentium III/550MHz does not run hot, as reported by The Sherriff and denied by The Satan, a couple of weeks back. And JC is holding a sort of quiz asking people to guess what the figures are likely to be. Our friends at AMDZone have decided to wait and see. This is probably wise... We are relying on Drew Prairie at AMD to let us know the minute they’re available, which I’m sure he or his Euro friends will do, given that we decided not to sue them… Take a look for yourself… ®
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Andy Grove's office empty

We regularly keep our eyes open for new URLs that Intel registers because, for example in the case of the IA64 fund, the site appeared before the press release was vetted by the thought police. So we were intrigued yesterday to find a site we'd never seen before called Andy Grove Home which has a fun little Java applet. When it's loaded, you can do a 360 degree scan of Andy's office in Satan Clara, California. If you zoom in enough, you can even see the notices he posts on the walls of his eight by nine cubicle. The blurb says Andy's office is a little tidier than other Satan Clara employees. This is odd. We're sure we saw a keynote a coupla years back when Mr Grove showed us a picture of the spaghetti coming out of his PC, and complained bitterly about it. So where's the spaghetti? A more intriguing question is, where's Andy himself? Hiding under the table? Other new registrations by Chipzilla include FOTOPIA.COM and COOLEXPRESSIONS.COM. Then there's CLIENT-MANAGEMENT.COM. Fotopia is probably something to do with digital cameras, a co-development with Kodak which means that in three or four years' time, silver will be much cheaper than copper... Although you won’t find Andy Grove's Home Page, you can get to it if you go to another new Intel site called Connected PC, which has all sorts of hints and tips on what you can do with your flashy new 550MHz Pentium III… ®
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AMD registers new domain name

Unlike its big brother, Intel, Advanced Micro Devices is not in the habit of registering dozens of new domain names while you speak. So the existence of this one is an event. The site is called ALEREON.COM and we've no idea what this means because they haven't got it up and running yet. The domain, according to our information, was registered towards the end of last week, by Mark Threefoot at AMD. (Check Internic for the bare details.) Alereon is, however, an anagram of REAL ONE if that helps. Any clues, readers? William Henning, at CPU Review has come up with ten possible ideas -- the last two could be goers. Maybe information security at AMD will let us know today, unless it's one of those big secrets like K-III rather than K-3... Our thanks to The Anagram Server for turning up other hopefuls like Eleanor and the Cockney way for saying hello to a Roman emperor: "Ale Nero". ®
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Taiwanese wire reports K7 chipset news

A report on Taiwanese newswire Digitimes Friday last claimed that third party chipset report for the K7 is unlikely to be available until year end. According to the report, which we have been unable to confirm with AMD, the first batch of K7s will arrive next month worldwide, but product will not be widely available until Q4. Motherboard manufacturers in Taiwan are creating K7 mobos with 200MHz FSB, which will arrive in Q3 and use six layer design, with Irongate chipset report. ViA and SiS, however, are unlikely to be able to support the K7 until the end of the year, according to DigiTimes. Prices for the K7 will be around $400, according to the unconfirmed report. Staffers from The Register will once more attend the Computex trade fair in Taipei, in early June, and we're likely to get some hard facts then. ® See also Cunning AMD-Compaq plan takes shape Compaq-AMD plans take Linux shape Alpha chip to clock 1.4GHz in copper Computex coverage 1998
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Compaq trademarks letter Q

Sources close to Compa*'s plans tell us that the computer company has taken out a trademark on the 16th letter of the alphabet, which we dare not use here in case we breach its copyright. When Intel attempted the same with the letter i a few years ago, it did not succeed in its ambitions. Compa*'s decision might be a blow to all Scrabble players everywhere, except that we're told that it's just the stylised form of the letter "*" that is its *uest. Phew… A reader points out that Sesame Street features a number and a letter -- so we could have: "This programme brought to you by the number 16 and the letter Q". ® RegistrOid 22 The letter Q in Hebrew means the eye of a needle, while the letter i means hand...