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Intel cuts P4 pricing on Dec 10

Intel plans price cuts across its range in two weeks' time. Celeron, Pentium III and P4 parts are all affected, according to a posting on a hitherto secure Intel website. The posting reads as follows: "Boxed Processor Pricing Update - November 26, 2000. This is a notice to inform you of an upcoming price move for select Intel …
Andrew Thomas, 28 Nov 2000
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New Intel, Motorola, AMD chips face off

The fur should be flying at this year's International Electron Device conference in San Francisco on 12 December as rivals AMD/Motorola and Intel climb atop the soapbox to present details of their rival 130nm processes in back to back presentations. Chipzilla's batting first at 1510 on the 12th, with AMD/Motorola following …
Andrew Thomas, 27 Nov 2000
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Intel roadmap leaks again

With the hype and hot air surround last weeks launch of the P4 cooling, we thought it was time to revisit our roadmap department and produce up to date listings of what's coming in the next few months from both AMD and Intel. Intel's confidential roadmap found its way to The Reg over the weekend, and it won't come as much of a …
Andrew Thomas, 27 Nov 2000
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AMD roadmap revisited

With the hype and hot air surrounding last week's launch of the P4 cooling somewhat, we thought it was time to revisit our roadmap department and produce up to date listings of what's coming in the next few months from both AMD and Intel. On the Athlon performance desktop, AMD plans on sampling SMP-capable Palominos at over 1. …
Andrew Thomas, 27 Nov 2000
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P4: Tom's Hardware has another rethink

A week ago, renowned hardware site Tom's Hardware Guide reported that they really quite liked Intel's new flagchip Pentium 4. But after trying some MPEG 4 encoding, took the view that P4 was pretty horrible compared with the opposition, being outperformed by both Athlon and PIII. A number of Tom's readers pointed out that it …
Andrew Thomas, 27 Nov 2000
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P4: total dog or really cooking?

Is Pentium 4 any good? Some say no because its FPU doesn't have enough grunt. Others say yes because that FPU is optimised for 144 new SSE2 instructions and performs extremely well - when code has been optimised to use them. What's been missing up to now has been a before and after example of a real world application showing …
Andrew Thomas, 24 Nov 2000
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WinME can't handle more than 512 megs of memory

Like world+dog, we were obviously looking for something to beat up on Intel with following the launch of the P4. Unlike most of the planet, we reckoned that an old BIOS shipped with a couple of old mobos wasn't much of a story. We much preferred a glitch we'd discovered a couple of weeks ago that appeared to be a rerun of the …
Andrew Thomas, 24 Nov 2000
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HP sells out of P4 systems

Sounds cool. Hewlett-Packard has sold out of P4 systems within a couple of days of launch. Rather unhelpfully, the Great Satan of Printers, Calculators and Oscilloscopes can't give absolute numbers. So we won't know for a while if there was a genuine mad rush to buy P4 boxes, or if HP only bothered to build a dozen systems on …
Andrew Thomas, 24 Nov 2000
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P4: first Sandra 2001 benchmarks

After running SiSoft Sandra tests on our test P4 system earlier in the week, we received an email from Adrian Silasi, the benchmarking suite's developer, kindly offering us a pre-release download of Sandra 2001. The updated package includes SSE2 and DDR support, along with two Whetstone tests, the original FPU one and the new …
Andrew Thomas, 22 Nov 2000
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News sites panic over P4 glitch

A number of news sites who should know better, including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC and ZDNet, have run shock, horror stories claiming that the P4 shipped with the wrong drivers. Breathless parallels were drawn with the PIII 1.13GHz and Caminogate recalls. Here are the facts: Early samples of Intel's D850GB mobo shipped …
Andrew Thomas, 22 Nov 2000
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Another P4 mobo floods onto the market

Gigabyte's new GA-8TX mobo joins Aopen's AX4T, shown at last month's World PC Expo 2000 in Tokyo, and Intel's own D850GB Garibaldi and swells the number of boards available for Intel's new flagchip P4 to, er, three. The dual Rambus i850 (Tehama)-based 8TX also features a Creative CT5880 sound chip, four RIMM sockets, ATA 100, …
Andrew Thomas, 21 Nov 2000
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Intel and Broadcom best friends again

Intel and Broadcom are reported to have kissed and made up, and settled all claims and counter-claims against each other. A brief joint statement was distributed earlier today saying: "Intel Corporation and Broadcom Corporation today announced they have settled all claims against each other brought under Intel's trade secret …
Andrew Thomas, 21 Nov 2000
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Intel AGP 8x spec published

Intel has published the draft spec of the AGP 8x standard - an extension of the existing AGP 4x bus - including an outline of a 64-bit version supporting Itanic and its successors. AGP 8x is unlikely to appear in products until 2003 at the earliest, but should offer bandwidths of over 2GB per second. Intel is seeking input from …
Andrew Thomas, 21 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 launch special

It's been a long time coming, but today's the day. Intel's Pentium 4, aka Willamette, is here. We take a look at various aspects of the new flagchip. As good a place to start as anywhere would be here - Pentium 4 ships today Can't wait for one any longer? Order a system today - P4: first system details Oh no, it's another …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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We are Borg, er, Rambus

How to win friends and influence people is patently (sic) a book one is unlikely to find on the shelves of Rambus Inc. Not content with threatening every memory maker on the planet with the wrath of its monstro legal department, the outfit is now warning chipset makers that they're next. Once Rambus has assimilated the last …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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P4 system specs

Intel says P4 systems will be 'widely available' in Q4 and lists the following vendors as having systems: The list HP, Dell, Compaq, Gateway, Dixons, IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Acer, Dan, Toshiba, Saturn, NEC, Unika, Media Markt, Formoza, R&K. Expect to see other manufacturers as well. Some PC makers, notably Tiny in the UK, have …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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P4: How fast is it?

How long is a piece of string? What everyone wants to know is what kind of speed benefit can be expected from Intel's new flagchip. We've had a vanilla P4 system on test for a while now and the answer varies depending on what you want the box to do. If you only run office applications, you don't need to pay the extra for a P4. …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 ships today

We've been banging on about Willamette/P4 for longer than I care to remember. Now at last it's arrived and we can concentrate our speculative powers on Itanic, Tualatin, Foster and co. The flagchip launches at 1.4 and 1.5GHz at $644 and $819 respectively (1Ku quantities), moving rapidly to 1.7 and 2GHz in Q1. Intel currently …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 dissected

What do the 42 million transistors on a Pentium 4 actually do? Willamette, aka Pentium 4 is the first new processor Intel has launched since the Pentium Pro. Sure, there's been Pentium II, Pentium III, Celeron and Xeon, but these all use the P6 microarchitecture introduced with the Ppro. The problem P6 has is that, due to the …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4: Overclocking

Intel frowns on overclocking, but has always released engineering sample (ES) chips which are free from muliplier locking, allowing the brave to experiment with trying them at higher than rated speeds. Our 1.5GHz P4 is an ES part and the BIOS of the Intel Garibaldi mobo allows clock speed to be set at 100MHz increments between …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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P4: How's it different?

Please don't try fitting a P4 to your existing mobo. You'll need an entirely new one and for the time being you'll have to make it an Intel Garibaldi D850GB, 'cos it's the only one there is. And you'll need to upgrade your power supply too. Willamette/P4 needs an ATX 12V supply that has an additional 12 volt supply that plugs …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4: The story so far

It's not easy forecasting what Intel's going to do. Chipzilla's sheep-like bleating of not commenting on unannounced products makes it hard to get any sense out of the corporation when a juicy leak comes our way. Usually we can make a few calls, use our skill and judgement and come up with something pretty close to the truth. …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4: Full coverage

Special launch coverage of Intel's Pentium 4. Pentium 4 ships today P4: first system details P4: How's it different? Pentium 4: Overclocking Pentium 4 dissected P4 - How fast is it? Pentium 4 in pictures - our scoop from months back showing what the little devil looks like. And finally, a look at how The Reg has covered the …
Andrew Thomas, 19 Nov 2000
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ZDNet wakes up and smells P4 shocker

Intel's Pentium 4 will only be capable of running in single processor configurations, thunders eWeek's Ken 'Scoop' Popovich. Well gosh and goldarn it. Those ZzzzzzzzzzzDNet folk are catching up fast. The Reg only ran the story in mid-September. Now listen up, Popovich. P4 at 0.18 micron (Willamette) will never be SMP capable. …
Andrew Thomas, 18 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 system prices leaked by Fortune

Once again, Intel US' monstro PR machine has failed to control those pesky American journos resulting in the awfully-helpful folks at Fortune Magazine breaking Chipzilla's embargo on Pentium 4 system prices so we don't have to wait until first thing Monday morning to tell you about them. Check out the full info here, but just …
Andrew Thomas, 17 Nov 2000
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EDS big mouth spills guts on crowded train

Lke all right-thinking people, The Reg loves saddoes who insist on using mobile phones to conduct loud and lengthy business calls on crowded trains, especially when they are EDS execs. This morning a real Mister Angry, who was working his way through a pile of papers emblazoned with the EDS logo, could be heard shouting into …
Andrew Thomas, 17 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 launches Monday

Chipzilla will open the P4 kimono and reveal all on Monday. All that hasn't already been revealed, that is, and that doesn't leave an awful lot. The flagchip will launch at 1.4 and 1.5GHz at $644 and $819 respectively (1Ku quantities), moving rapidly to 1.7 and 2GHz. Intel has an introductory offer of CPU, D850GB mobo and two …
Andrew Thomas, 17 Nov 2000
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SDRAM prices pull out of nosedive

SDRAM pricing seems to have stabilised after months of free fall, with the benchmark 8 x 8 PC100 64Mb SDRAM staying at $3.85 ($4.08 per unit) in the US, while the value of 8 x 8 PC133 64Mb SDRAMs remained at $3.90 (4.13 per chip). PC133 128 megabit SDRAMs were at $8.53 (unit price $9.04), and PC100 128-megabit SDRAMs remained …
Andrew Thomas, 17 Nov 2000
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Rambus ‘dropped Hyundai case to avoid tough judge’

Rambus, everyone's favourite litigant, has had its corporate wrists slapped for 'blatant judge shopping' by the US International Trade Commission. The trade body has also imposed restrictions on the company should it ever file another SDRAM patent complaint with the ITC. [That's not very likely to happen, is it? - Ed] …
Andrew Thomas, 16 Nov 2000
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Intel confirms P4 license talks

Intel veep Paul Otellini, boss of Chipzilla's Architecture group, confirmed at Comdex that the company is in talks to license the P4 system bus to other chipset vendors. It's unlikely anyone else would want to build another RDRAM version to rival Intel's own i850 Tehama, so that means DDR SDRAM. Otellini stated that Intel's …
Andrew Thomas, 15 Nov 2000
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Cheaper, faster Rambus on the way

Samsung has begun mass production of 0.17 micron Rambus DRAMs. The company says the new technology is being used to produce RDRAMs with densities of 128, 144, and 288Mb. The new process not only shrinks the die size thereby reducing manufacturing costs but will also improve speeds by more than 30 per cent, says the company. …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Nov 2000
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AMD firms up roadmap details

Chimpzilla now says it won't have a 2GHz processor on the market until the 64-bit ClawHammer arrives some time in the first half of 2002 - a full year after Intel's P4 hits the same speed. The four and eight-way server variant, SledgeHammer, will sample in Q1 2002 and go into production in Q2. The company showed an Athlon …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Nov 2000
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New compilers for P4, Itanic

Intel has released version 5.0 of its C++ and Fortran compilers with extensions to utilise the new features available in the upcoming 32-bit Pentium 4, due for launch next Monday. There's also a pre-release version for the 64-bit Itanium which can be used on systems based on Intel 32-bit Pentium processors to create 64-bit …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Nov 2000
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AMD demos 1.5GHz Athlon

AMD has an Athlon running at 1.5GHz at Comdex, but the company still says production Palomino chips will only hit this speed sometime in Q2 next year, by which time Intel's P4 will be running at over 2GHz. You can check out a picture of this week's World's Fastest Processor over at German hardware site TecChannel. And if 1. …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Nov 2000
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Crusoe a loser in wrong tree bark-a-thon

Transmeta's code morphing technology may be terribly elegant, and LongRun power management may be more sophisticated than either Intel's SpeedStep or AMD's PowerNow, but the sad fact is that elegance and sophistication do not a world-beating product make. Elegance, schmelegance A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Nov 2000
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Fastest-ever Celerons ship today

Chipzilla's new Celeron processors debut today and are likely to be the last ever to use the slug-like 66MHz frontside bus. In 1000-unit quantities, the 766 and 733MHz chips are priced at $170 and $112, respectively. The 733MHz Celeron also becomes the latest addition to Intel's line of embedded processors aimed at products …
Andrew Thomas, 13 Nov 2000
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AMD's Mustang is dog food

Chimpzilla has brought out the humane killer for its planned Mustang processor. The company declined to comment on the specifics of its demise, but an inability to support a L2 cache bigger than 1MB had called into question its suitability for high-end server use. Mustang was planned as an enhanced version of the Athlon …
Andrew Thomas, 13 Nov 2000
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Intel 'Going for AMD's balls'

Geeks rushing to buy early P4s at marked up prices are going to look pretty dumb come January when Intel's Flagchip will hit 2GHz. The chip is not scheduled to launch for another week (at 1.4 and 1.5GHz), but a number of retailers are already offering the part for sale. Pentium 4 yields are 'excellent', Intel sources told The …
Andrew Thomas, 13 Nov 2000
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Athlon sales outpace fabs, as AMD plans desktop Hammer

AMD will sell out Athlon production this quarter, Jerry Sanders told analysts yesterday. This could be taken as a good or bad thing. On one hand, having people clamouring to buy your flagchip ™ product is always nice, but what it actually means is that Chimpzilla simply doesn't have enough production capacity. And little Duron …
Andrew Thomas, 10 Nov 2000
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Fraud at the polls!

We always knew we were tops and now an independent Web poll has proved it. Overclocked PC's poll here of top techie sites clearly shows The Reg scoring a massive 25 per cent of all votes cast. That's only because we voted for ourselves four times, but, hey, Dubya would have been proud of us... Don't forget to vote! ®
Andrew Thomas, 09 Nov 2000
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Gartner jumps on ‘RDRAM dead’ bandwagon

Analyst group Gartner says that RDRAM will be dead in six to eight months. At the Gartner Symposium/ITXpo in Cannes yesterday, senior analyst Kevin Knox told delegates: "Rambus is pretty much dead. It only made it into some areas such as high-end workstations, but it is dead for the mainstream PC. It is probably not a wise …
Andrew Thomas, 08 Nov 2000
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Intel moves to 0.13 micron, copper

Intel has built its first semiconductors using a 0.13 micron (130nm) process. The chip behemoth has working static RAM and microprocessors using transistors approximately one thousandth the width of a human hair. The process will enter volume manufacturing next year with a die shrink of both the Pentium III and 4 and has the …
Andrew Thomas, 08 Nov 2000
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Japan reacts to Taiwan chip threat

IPTC Planning, originally set up earlier this year to study the feasibility of creating a business out of the trading of semiconductor design assets (intellectual property, or IP), has evolved into a business enterprise called IPTC Corporation. The idea of running a six month feasibility study to see if IP trading has business …
Andrew Thomas, 07 Nov 2000
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Homework ‘more important than Web stardom’

After checking out Martin Sawyer's site yesterday (see Ever killed a PC?), we noticed it also contained a pretty well put together review of an ATI Rage Fury Maxx graphics card. Ever on the lookout for new talent, The Reg human resources department swung into action and asked Sawyer if he would be interested in contributing as …
Andrew Thomas, 07 Nov 2000
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Itanium set for March launch

Proving that life at Intel goes on despite the imminent birth of Pentium 4, Chipzilla is flaunting Itanium - the chip that time forgot - at the Systems show in Munich this week. The Intel stand has a selection of Itanic systems on show, including a Dell PowerEdge housing no fewer than four CPUs and running an early version of M …
Andrew Thomas, 07 Nov 2000
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Mad geeks rush to buy unusable P4

First kid on the block syndrome has hit new depths - crazed technophiles are buying Pentium 4 chips at sky-high prices, regardless of the fact that mobos to support it can't be had for love nor money, making the chips useless. The chip will launch for real on 20 November, but dealers in Taiwan, Belgium and the US already have …
Andrew Thomas, 07 Nov 2000
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Transmeta IPO raises $273 Million

Despite IBM's snubbing of the Crusoe processor for its ThinkPads, someone, somewhere still loves Transmeta, handing over the readies for 13 million shares - ten per cent of the company. The IPO raised $273 million and values Transmeta at around $2.7 billion. The IPO shows investors can still be persuaded to buy into technology …
Andrew Thomas, 07 Nov 2000
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Pentium 4 sprouts in Brussels

Belgian dealer DPI looks to be the first European outlet to offer the upcoming Pentium 4, due on November 20. Its price list shows both the 1.4 and 1.5 GHz variants of the new chip at 59690BEF ($1269) and 71790BEF ($1526) respectively. This does seem a tad overpriced as if you wait until the 20th, you'll only need to pay $625 …
Andrew Thomas, 06 Nov 2000
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Come on punk, spoil my day

Chip and Chimp Zilla aren't technology hothouses, they're global marketing operations that just happen to make chips. The ongoing megahertz™ wars between them involve large amounts of sneaky and reprehensible behaviour and backstabbing. The latest fine example is the launch of AMD's 760 chipset, which was timed for the 30th …
Andrew Thomas, 06 Nov 2000
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Thin ‘n’ fast Alpha Linux servers coming RSN

Alpha Processor Inc (API) has rebranded itself as API NetWorks, and expanded its product range to with two new high-density servers aimed at Web servers, render farms and the network infrastructure market. The first systems to appear under the new moniker are the UP2000+ mobo supporting dual Alpha 833 MHz processors, and the …
Andrew Thomas, 06 Nov 2000