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Alpha EV67 chips spotted at 800MHz

Sources close to fabrication plants making Alpha processors say that EV67 parts running at 667MHz, 750MHz and 800MHz are now successfully running. But Alpha fabs are still having yield problems with the 750MHz part, despite the fact that this is the reference point for the EV67 architecture. Meanwhile, the same sources report that while Compaq charges a whopping $16,000 for a 1Gb memory board for its fast DS20 box, Samsung will send you the DIMMs (dual inline memory modules) for the board for a only $1,600. Maybe Compaq customers should ask their local sales force why the Q bezel represents a ten-fold hike in prices. ®
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Corsair ships PC-133 SDRAM

Those people at Corsair have told us that PC-133 synchronous memory modules are now in full production. The modules come in 64Mb and 128Mb sizes and Corsair said they have passed tests on a pre-production Asus motherboard which uses the ViA Enhanced Apollo Pro + chipset. The DIMMs use 7.5 ns (nanosecond) Micron memory. The modules will work with Intel PC-100 compatible systems and will give better performance, Corsair claimed. The modules cost $115 and $222 respectively. Now when will see them plugged into boards supported by an Intel chipset? Does the chip giant have a secret back up plan, because of the delay of Direct Rambus? Or not? ®
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Intel's Itanium and Intel Pla Y make trademark debuts

You've got to watch Intel like a hawk. So we do. The latest trademarks the chip giant has registered tell a story all their own. As far as we can see, Itanium is a very wide-ranging trademark which covers, amongst other things, operating system software, operating programs, system extensions, software for connecting PCs, computer hardware, integrated chips, circuit boards, fax/modems and microprocessors. The list is huge, so it must be an important one. Here it is in full. " Computer operating system software; computer operating programs; computer system extensions, tools and utilities in the field of application software for connecting personal computers, networks, telecommunications apparatus and global computer network applications; audio and video graphics for real time information and image transfer, transmission, reception, processing and digitizing; computer firmware; computer hardware; computer peripherals; integrated circuits; integrated circuit chips; semiconductor processors; semiconductor processor chips; microprocessors; printed circuit boards; electronic circuit boards; computer memory devices; semiconductor memory devices; video circuit boards; audio circuit boards; audio video circuit boards; video graphic accelerators; multimedia accelerators; video processors; fax/modems; computer hardware and software for the transmission and receipt of facsimiles; computer hardware and software for the development, maintenance, and use of local and wide area computer networks; computer hardware and software for the development, maintenance, and use of interactive audio-video computer conference systems; computer hardware and software for the receipt, display, and use of broadcast video, audio, and digital data signals." And Intel Pla Y is possibly even more interesting. It also has the alternative name In Tell Play. According to the application, it represents: "Hand held unit for playing video games; video output toys and games; electronically operated toys; interactive computer toys and games; computer networked toys and games; computer peripheral toys and games; electronic games." So maybe Intel is taking the PlayStation II more seriously than we thought. ®
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AMD's Alereon still shrouded in mystery

An email to our friends at AMD Europe has elicited a reply, of sorts, to our question about Web domain ALEREON.COM. As reported here last weekend, AMD registered the domain name about two weeks ago, and it is only the fourth domain name the company owns. Now an AMD executive, Robert Stead, has told us exactly what his company's positioning against the Intel Celeron is. In response to the question, is this AMD's Celeron?, Stead replied: "We position the K6-2 against the Celeron, it ships today at 300-475Mhz, and every part in the range has both 3DNow! and a 100Mhz front side bus." AMD positions the K6-III against the Pentium 3. Doesn't really tell us much about what ALEREON.COM is, does it? ®