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Ever killed a PC?

We've all done silly things. Sometimes we've done them with computers. Who hasn't blown up a joystick by plugging it into an ancient Ethernet card? (Maybe that was just me) Which of us can put our hands on our hearts and say we wish we hadn't been wearing nylon underwear whilst upgrading memory? Don't worry if you've done …
Andrew Thomas, 06 Nov 2000
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Intel wants to have DDR cake and eat it

VIA could go ahead with its own DDR chipset for Pentium 4, with or without Intel's agreement. The world's number one and two chipset makers are known to be discussing an agreement whereby VIA could provide DDR support for the P4 in the light of Intel's current agreement with Rambus which prevents the company from supporting DDR …
Andrew Thomas, 03 Nov 2000
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Chipsetzilla wins back market share

Intel veep Paul Otellini told analysts this week that the chip behemoth "has recaptured its chipset market share" and in particular has boosted production of the 815 range. Otellini said when the 815 was introduced early this year, it was 'production limited' because Intel's fab capacity was devoted primarily to processor …
Andrew Thomas, 03 Nov 2000
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AMD 760 problem identified?

Stalwart DDR supporter Tom's Hardware Guide, couldn't make its sample Gigabyte GA-7DX mobo run reliably at 133MHz FSB. Could this point to the reason DDR Athlons aren't quite with us yet? As THG says: "Unfortunately it was a too early version to run reliably at 133 MHz FSB. Thus we tested an Athlon 1000/100 in this board, as …
Andrew Thomas, 02 Nov 2000
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Intel ‘to dump Rambus completely’

A few days back we wrote that Intel looked certain to phase out Rambus support across the spectrum by the middle of next year, except for the high-end workstation segment. Now an ex-Intel employee informs us that his chums, still beavering away at the Great Stan, tell him that Rambus is going to be completely out of the picture …
Andrew Thomas, 02 Nov 2000
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Athlon DDR systems still not available

When a company says 'available now', it's normally taken to mean 'today' rather than in a month's time. So when AMD reiterates its position that 760-based DDR systems are available now from NEC in Europe and that Gigabyte is shipping its GA7-DX 760 mobo now, it's only fair to check our sources again. Yesterday, we were told by …
Andrew Thomas, 02 Nov 2000
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Intel fleshes out server offerings

Intel has beefed up its server offerings with new 2, 4 and 8 way server mobos for Pentium III and Xeon processors, along with (almost) ready to run system units. At the (relatively) low end is the STL2, which supports one or two Pentium III processors and features a 133 MHz system bus, six PCI slots (two of which are 64bit/66 …
Andrew Thomas, 01 Nov 2000
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Is God an Intel stockholder?

The paranoid might well be wondering weather (sic) the biblically-proportioned storms that swept across Europe yesterday had anything to do with AMD's mega press bash to announce its plans for DDR memory. Dozens of hacks from across Europe were heading for Paris when the cataclysmic maelstrom hit. One Reg staffer spent several …
Andrew Thomas, 01 Nov 2000
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AMD 760 DDR chipset delayed

Gigabyte has confirmed there are problems with AMD's new 760 DDR chipset, launched just two days ago and has delayed shipping its new GA-7DX mobo as a result. A Gigabyte representative in the UK told The Reg that it was an AMD issue and that Chimpzilla was currently investigating the problem. It would be 'at least two weeks' …
Andrew Thomas, 01 Nov 2000
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Rambus to play bit part in Intel's 2001 plans

Intel looks intent on phasing out Rambus support across the spectrum by the middle of next year, except for the high end workstation segment. Following our story on next year's developments on the Intel front last week, more confidential roadmap details have come to light, this time in Electronic Buyers' News. As we reported, …
Andrew Thomas, 31 Oct 2000
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Intel price cuts: final instalment

Intel finally confirmed details of its latest round of price cuts yesterday. As we revealed some time ago, the fastest PIII available, the 1GHz, drops by 31 per cent from $669 to $465. Other PIIIs are reduced by a similar percentage, the 933MHz is now $348, the 866 and 850 $241. Slower PIIIs now range from $143 for the 600MHz …
Andrew Thomas, 31 Oct 2000
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Athlon beats P4 in urinating contest

The latest reports from system builders putting together the first Pentium 4 systems look very encouraging - for AMD. A leading European PC maker confided to The Reg yesterday: "If they think this compares to Athlon they are joking. At 1.5GHz the P4 is outperformed by a PIII 933, never mind an Athlon 1GHz which urinates in …
Andrew Thomas, 31 Oct 2000
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Register Crucial Memory pricewatch

Thanks to our chums at Crucial Memory, The Register will now carry a regular memory pricewatch aimed at keeping tabs on the kind of money you'll need for the most popular memory configurations. Each week, we'll update the prices on our list of PC100, PC133 and DDR PC1600 SDRAM prices in 64, 128 and 256MB configurations. …
Andrew Thomas, 30 Oct 2000
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Win2K hangs with VIA chipsets

Microsoft has put its hands up and admitted to providing incomplete support for VIA chip sets in Windows 2000's AGP drivers. Programs using 3D AGP functions under Windows 2000 Professional, Server and Advanced Server on VIA-based systems may stop responding. MS has posted a patch for the problem here. Microsoft says the patch …
Andrew Thomas, 29 Oct 2000
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Hold the front page

A hack from that respected UK business daily, the Financial Times, had occasion to ask a Reg staffer for help this week. Answering the phone at his palatial country residence, our vulture was asked for some background information on a press release that had been sent out by his PR bunny partner. "OK, I'll look it up," he …
Andrew Thomas, 28 Oct 2000
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MS hacking scandal: details of stolen items

FBI agents based in St Petersburg have identified the ten most critical items appropriated in last week's hack of Redmond. "They can be yours, comrade - sorry, buddy - for the sum of ten million roubles or the equivalent in potatoes," special agent Eliot 'Sergei' Ness, told The Reg. That list of stolen items in full: 1. Bill …
Andrew Thomas, 28 Oct 2000
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Intel spin doctors have taken over the asylum

Craig 'Five Speeches' Barrett has been at it again. Speaking to hacks in Taipei on Friday, he claimed that Pentium 4 was launching ahead of schedule. According to Barrett, P4 was originally scheduled for launch "at the end of the year". Craig, please read your own company's roadmaps. Willamette/P4 was originally to appear in …
Andrew Thomas, 28 Oct 2000
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Faster Athlons launch Monday

Chimpzilla will be spilling the beans on its latest weapons in the battle against you-know-who on Monday at a lavish bash at the Paris Ritz. Plans for moving to DDR memory and details on upcoming SMP Athlons will be announced in what cynics might describe as a spoiling tactic coming just a month before Intel debuts the Pentium 4 …
Andrew Thomas, 27 Oct 2000
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Intel boss delivers speech

Intel CEO Craig Barrett delivered stock speech number three* in Seoul yesterday as he assured a spellbound audience that Korea's Internet economy should be worth $35 billion by 2004. Barrett went on to claim that he expects Chipzilla's Q4 revenue to be up eight per cent, compared with four per cent growth in the previous …
Andrew Thomas, 27 Oct 2000
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Oversexed chipset strikes again

Chipzilla must have been forcing Viagra tablets down the throat of its 815E chipset, for no sooner do we learn it has spawned a mobile offspring (Story: Son of Intel 815E arrives), than do we discover a second ankle-biter is on the way. Chinese hardware site PCPop has details of the forthcoming 815EP chipset which supports more …
Andrew Thomas, 26 Oct 2000
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Ellison: The ego has landed

Lord Ellison of Barking kept crowds at the Internet World show in New York waiting for 30 minutes yesterday while he chewed the fat with outgoing US President Bill Clinton, reports TechWeb. What advice on affairs of state Ellison gave the Pres is not reported. When Larry finally deigned to show up to give his keynote address he …
Andrew Thomas, 26 Oct 2000
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Intel: Bluetooth ‘too expensive’

Intel has rejected Bluetooth and Home RF wireless technology for its new range of consumer wireless PC peripherals on grounds of cost. The new peripherals are currently only available in the US. The Intel Wireless Series includes a gamepad, mouse and keyboard which talk to the PC via a USB base station which can support up to …
Andrew Thomas, 25 Oct 2000
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Intel relaxed over email security

Intel's dinky little eMail Station, part of the InBusiness range it inherited from Dayna, turns out to be susceptible to simple denial of service attacks, but the chip behemoth doesn't seem to care a Hell of a lot. The eMail Station has a 2GB hard disk and a NatSemi(!) 486 CPU and is aimed at small businesses wanting to support …
Andrew Thomas, 25 Oct 2000
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Intel cuts P4 pricing again

It's not even in the shops yet, but Chipzilla has made yet another price reduction on the forthcoming flagchip Pentium 4. Figures leaked to hardware site OC Workbench reveal that the 1.4GHz P4 will now debut at $625, while its big brother 1.5GHz will set you back $795 in 1Ku quantities. Only a couple of weeks ago, Chipzilla was …
Andrew Thomas, 25 Oct 2000
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ALI joins VIA in race to support P4

ALI is ramping up an Athlon and Duron chipset supporting 266MHz DDR SDRAM ahead of an expected announcement from AMD on the subject next week. The chipset is set to enter production in November. ALI hopes to have chipsets supporting both the AMD Athlon and Intel's upcoming Pentium 4. It is negotiating with Intel for a license …
Andrew Thomas, 24 Oct 2000
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P4 set to bust 2GHz barrier in Q2 next year

New Intel confidential roadmaps seen by The Register put more flesh on the bones of Chipzilla's plans for the first half of next year. And the chip behemoth's promise that the P4 ramp will be its most aggressive yet certainly seem to be borne out, assuming everything goes according to plan. Desktops Pentium 4 is shown at 2GHz …
Andrew Thomas, 24 Oct 2000
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Hitachi jumps on Crusoe bandwagon

Hitachi is the latest Japanese laptop maker to adopt the Transmeta Crusoe notebook chip. The company is expected to announce details of its new B5-sized notebook tomorrow. The potentially very low power consumption of Crusoe is proving irresistible to notebook computer manufacturers, although early machines have so far …
Andrew Thomas, 24 Oct 2000
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Pentium 4 to ship bundled with Rambus

With Intel's Pentium 4 launch less than a month away, US distributor Tech Data has posted details of its P4 offerings on its secure site. VARs and resellers planning to offer the chips will have to pay $900 for a 1.4GHz part and $1050 for the 1.5GHz variant. Both processors come bundled with a (rather miserly) 64MB of PC-800 …
Andrew Thomas, 24 Oct 2000
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New Intel TV ads ‘complete crap’

You'd think Intel might do a quick trawl around its competitors' websites before signing on the dotted line for a new global ad campaign. And had the chip behemoth bothered to do this it would have discovered that the central characters in its latest TV ads are Power Mac users and feature large on Apple's website. When the …
Andrew Thomas, 24 Oct 2000
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Intel worker caught in paedo sting

Ex-Intel employee Scott Berger, 40, sent more than a dozen explicit email messages from his computer at the company's Chandler, Arizona, plant to a chat room member he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. But when he went to a shopping mall to meet his chat room partner, 'she' turned out to be an undercover (male) detective. …
Andrew Thomas, 23 Oct 2000
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New Intel shortage shock

Intel's aggressive plans to get a new Flash memory fab up and running in 12 months rather than the usual 18 have been foiled by a shortage of plumbers in the Denver area. The opening of the new $1.2 billion Colorado plant, which will make Flash memory for cellphones and MP3 players, has been delayed until early next year …
Andrew Thomas, 23 Oct 2000
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Son of Intel 815E arrives

Intel's popular (aka working) 815E chipset has spawned a mobile offspring, the 815EM, designed for Pentium III notebooks. The new chipset integrates graphics functionality and can also support external AGP 4x or AGP 2x graphic controllers. Support for Chipzilla's SpeedStep power management is also included. The 815EM uses the …
Andrew Thomas, 23 Oct 2000
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Rambus puts all its eggs in two baskets

Following another outburst from Intel CEO Craig Barrett in yesterday's FT, in which he described the relationship with Rambus as a failed bet, it is perhaps alarming for Rambus stockholders to read in the company's end of year statement that future revenues are dependent primarily on the rollout of Sony's PS2 and Intel's Pentium …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Oct 2000
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Middle East situation worries Intel

Continuing unrest in the Middle East has caused Intel to relocate the lion's share of Pentium 4 production to its Leixlip plant, near Dublin, Ireland. Leixlip is already on track to move to the 0.13 micron process, essential for volume production of Pentium 4s running at speeds of more than 2GHz. The proximity of the Qiryat Gat …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Oct 2000
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Secret Intel price cuts revealed

When we asked an Intel Europe spokesperson about price changes earlier this week, we were officially told that only three processors were affected. (see Intel price cuts: not many told). This was in direct contravention of reports on two German web sites which listed far more wide-ranging cuts. Intel officially denied that any …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Oct 2000
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VIA plans DDR PIII, Athlon support

VIA is developing the Apollo Pro 266/KX266, a DDR SDRAM compatible chipset for both Pentium III and Athlon. According to Alex Chen of VIA, the company also has in the works a new chipset for 0.13 micron Pentium IIIs, the Apollo Pro 266T, and a chipset for the Pentium 4. "Chipsets to be made by third parties will play a …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Oct 2000
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Gateway hit with credit card lawsuit

Cow-fixated computer maker Gateway is on the receiving end of a nasty class action lawsuit claiming the firm misled customers. The allegations involve a 'free' Internet access service for which some users were subjected to long distance phone charges and the issuing of credit cards with a stonking 27 per cent interest rate. The …
Andrew Thomas, 19 Oct 2000
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Recalled 1.13GHz PIII will never resurface

While Chipzilla's website maintains its legendarily-tenuous grip on reality in boasting that the Pentium III is currently available in speeds of up to 1.13GHz, The Register learns that the truth is somewhat different. Not only is the recalled chip not available, Intel today confirmed that it isn't scheduled for its second coming …
Andrew Thomas, 19 Oct 2000
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Cube size update

While lesser publications drone on about mainframes, Linux and other trivia, The Register reports on the one issue that really matters to our readers: cubicle sizes. While Aunty Carly's cost-saving plans for Hewlett-Packard centred around shrinking worker's cubes from eight feet by ten feet to eight by eight, spare a thought …
Andrew Thomas, 18 Oct 2000
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Intel cuts prices – not many told

Intel performed a stealth price cut on a handful (if you're a character in The Simpsons) of chips on Monday, reducing three Pentium III parts by up to $50. The 667 and 650MHz PIIIs drop from $193 to $163, while the 600MHz chip drops a tad more, from $193 to $143. All prices are for 1Ku. But German site PC Welt has a much longer …
Andrew Thomas, 18 Oct 2000
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Middle East unrest could threaten P4

Although the situation in the Middle East is mercifully slightly more stable today than it was last week, relations between Israel and the Palestinians are still a long way from what one might call cordial. It must be something of a worry to Intel, then, to be reminded that Fab 18 at Qiryat Gat is built on the site of the …
Andrew Thomas, 18 Oct 2000
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Pentium 4 mobos double in number

Visitors to the AOpen booth at World PC Expo 2000, which started yesterday in Tokyo, can check out one of the world's best two mobos for Intel's upcoming flagchip Pentium 4. The AX4T motherboard uses the 850 Tehama chipset, currently being revamped due to an erratumnotbug causing glitches with certain PCI graphics cards. (Story …
Andrew Thomas, 18 Oct 2000
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Meghurtz™ wars hotting up, literally

It is a truth universally acknowledged that chipmongers form the last bastion of the old 'mine's bigger than yours' school, egged on by hardware geeks around the world. No sooner has Chimpzilla got its shiny new 1.2GHz Athlon out of the door than do we hear rumours of the impending arrival of a 1.33GHz part shipping in December …
Andrew Thomas, 18 Oct 2000
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Pentium 4 yields ‘not impressive’

Someone at Intel's notoriously-leaky Qiryat-Gat plant (Fab 18) in Israel has been blabbing to Israeli paper Haaretz about teething troubles with the upcoming Pentium 4 chip. Haaretz reports that there are only two steppers in the world capable of handling one critical part of the P4 manufacturing process. Both of them are at …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Oct 2000
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AMD chops chips by up to 50 per cent

We have in our hands a new, but incomplete, AMD OEM price list, due to take effect from 9 October. However, we understand that AMD may be having second thoughts (over timing, as opposed to pricing). And who could blame the company for making hay, while Intel don't shine. Full details of the price cuts are not yet available - …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Oct 2000
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Son of StrongARM to ship next year

Intel's low power consumption XScale architecture will eventually replace StrongARM in Chipzilla's portfolio, Ron Smith, VP of the chip behemoth's wireless communication group, said today. XScale has evolved from StrongARM - with which it is instruction set compatible - and which Intel has a unique licence to modify, according …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Oct 2000
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Computing to be castrated?

Computing, the slightly-less dull version of Computer Weakly, is obviously feeling the pinch and deems it necessary to embark on a redesign. Print media has a serious problem apropos of news coverage. Sleazy webmongers such as The Reg will always beat them by days if not weeks, so a reappraisal is clearly necessary. For the …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Oct 2000
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Philips sues World+dog

The intellectual property subsidiary of Philips has accused six US semiconductor outfits of patent infringement and inducing others to infringe its patents. Analog Devices, Cirrus Logic, Cypress Semiconductor, Fairchild Semiconductor, Linear Technology and Standard Microsystems are the guys in the black hats, according to a …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Oct 2000
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Europe: Intel down, AMD up

European Franchise outfit PC-Spezialist, which operates 121 stores in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg, reckons that Intel could have been economical with the actualité over a dip in Euro sales contributing to the chip behemoth's warning on Q3 profits. PC-Spezialist says there was indeed a dip in demand for PCs, but that it …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Oct 2000
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Disqualified director? No problem, sir

Ian Carey - CE of Manchester-based Powernet Telecom and the man who called in administrators on Monday - was a disqualified director, according to the FT. The pink paper claims that London stockbrocker, Teather & Greenwood, failed to reveal that Carey's disqualification in May 1999 for five years after his publishing business …
Andrew Thomas, 14 Oct 2000