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Intel Itanium now part of Web cranium

Just a few months after registering the word Itanium as a trademark, as reported here, Intel has now registered the word as a domain name. But, so far, the site is not yet up and running. The move highlights an issue which to the best of our knowledge has not yet been aired. If a company trademarks a word -- for example Pla Y -- another Intel registration, is there anything in US law to prevent others registering the domain name associated with the word? ®
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Compaq a go-go with Intel 600MHz part

Although dealers and distributors have been able to buy Intel's .25 micron 600MHz part and the 500MHz Celeron for some weeks, as reported here, the big guns will roll out their versions tomorrow. (Story: Intel PIII/600 for sale: applies price fork to AMD) Compaq will introduce 600MHz Pentium III versions of the AP200 and AP400 workstations tomorrow. Intel's choice of 2 August is to coincide with the annual graphics and workstation shindig called Siggraph. The move is part of Intel's desire and need to whip up as much interest in the Pentium III as possible in a bid to queer AMD's K7 Athlon pitch. It is already producing the 600MHz Pentium III at .25 micron in quantity and offered the part to its dealers early so that they could also offer PCs at corporate launch-time. Again, as reported here, Intel made pre-emptive price moves on its PIII processors two weeks ago to further pressure its would-be rival. ®
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Will Willamette be a Year 2000 bet?

Our friend Kyle over at HardOCP has managed to get his mitts on an intriguing page from a secret Intel roadmap. The page shows packaging for Intel processors through until the second quarter of next year and states that customers do not need to think about 418 pin grid array (PGA) sockets for Pentium IIIs for the whole of next year. One processor, however, which does and will have 418 pins next year is the infamous slow moving river Merced, as reported here earlier. (Chipzilla sockets it to us). As that article shows, another pin number to remember is 502. However, when Intel says customers don't need something soon, it does suggest that they may need that very same thing a little later, so we'll have to wait and see whether Willamette is the guilty party. As one wag on an investor's board asked our reader-of-the-month Paul Engel: "Willa-its-original-release-date-be-mette?" ® Reader of the Month: Paul Engel
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Intel stops wavering on 100MHz Celeron frontside bus

After humming and hawing throughout the year, Intel has now decided to introduce Celeron processors which will use a 100MHz front side bus (FSB). (See 466MHz Celeron, 810 chipset launched at last and earlier stories) The first parts to support the faster bus speed will be the 400MHz, 433MHz and 466MHz parts in Q3 of this year, which will depend on the i810 chipset. They will be followed towards the end of this year with the 500MHz Celeron at 100MHz FSB, which Intel will introduce tomorrow in its 66MHz FSB recension. And in the first quarter of the year 2000, Intel will introduce Celerons with even higher clock speeds, sources very close to the chip giant said today. Intel said at the beginning of this year that it had not yet decided whether to push Celerons to support 100MHz FSBs, even though it had the capability to do so. Meanwhile, tomorrow will herald another rash of price cuts on lesser members of the Celeron family, as the chip giant continues its bid to dominate the entry-level market. In other Celeron news, the 466MHz part will be positioned as Intel's Value Two part in Q3, that will be supplanted by the 500MHz Celeron in Q4, and by Celerons at greater speds in Q1 of next year. Anyone ever got lost in the Hampton Court Maze? It's a lot easier to find your way round than any Intel roadmap, each of which is individually handcrafted with Byzantine skill. ®