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Intel boxes clever on mobiles, desktop chipsets

Roadmap The Celeron can't be long for this world, can it? Customers, oh yes, are important to Chipzilla, but the lumpen proletariat to Intel is its distributor and dealer channel, which is almost the last to know what the company is up to. (The last to know is usually the press or possibly the end user who after all only pays through …
Mike Magee, 13 Mar 2001
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AMD to push Intel with new Athlon pricing

AMD plans to rapidly move its forthcoming 1.3GHz and 1.33GHz Athlons to the price point currently occupied by the 1.2GHz processor to continue to keep pressure on Intel in the desktop sector. The 1.3GHz and 1.33GHz Athlons, which are already on a number of price lists and available in Japan, will drop to the level of the 1.2GHz …
Mike Magee, 13 Mar 2001
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Mouse claws PC to death

HWRoundup Well, enough of all that boring imaging equipment, digital scanners and the like. Let's get right down to the nitty gritty and look at a rodent red in tooth and claw. Yes, mice are not boring and here we have the Claw Mouse reviewed by System Logic. A nine button mouse, it will claw its way through doom-laden scenarios and the …
Mike Magee, 13 Mar 2001
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Vulture culture bugs Intel profit future

Analysis The latest in a line of profit warnings from chip giant Intel was re-inforced when Cisco, too, announced its profits were unlikely to be as favourable as expected and announced it would slim its corporate butt by letting excess weight (staff) go. Although, at first sight both firms appear to have a dissimilar profile, there is …
Mike Magee, 12 Mar 2001
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To hell with mobos, overclockers and chips

HWRoundup Arencha all just bored to tears with reading about motherboards, cooling fans, overclocked CPUs and what have you? After all, this is the hardware roundup page and there's more to HW than just stinking chips and mobos, isn't that right? --------------------cut here------------------- So, let's look today at a few other …
Mike Magee, 12 Mar 2001
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Register becomes part of Rambus trial

The legal squabble between Rambus and Infineon over who owns the rights to DDR and SDRAM patents has taken a further twist with the Los Altos firm filing a response to witness testimony from Dr P Michael Farmwald and Richard Crisp which seems to fly in the face of evidence we can offer. According to the deposition, filed on the …
Mike Magee, 11 Mar 2001
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AMD out on memory rebate limb

Microprocessor manufacturers including Intel and Via are likely to step up rebates on memory bundled with their chips during the course of this year but AMD may find itself a wallflower at the annual Mobo and Reseller Hop. The reason for that is that both chip giant Intel and plucky not-so-little Via have very close …
Mike Magee, 10 Mar 2001
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AMD Athlon 1.33/1.3GHzs arrive

HWRoundup Yes, the Japanese market, once more, has advance news, pictures and even product, with good old Pricewatch showing 1.33GHz and 1.3GHz Athlons for sale in Old Akihabara. You'll probably see these in London's Tottenham Court Road in about 1000 years... --------------------cut here------------------- There's more about this over …
Mike Magee, 9 Mar 2001
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Intel puts dicks in legal vice

The chip company which once tried to trademark the letter 'i', a squiggly loop and the word surfboard, has now turned its attention to a retired group of private dicks, otherwise known as investigators. According to sources close to US firm Intelnetworks, the Intel Corp has recently made a call to the non-profit organisation …
Mike Magee, 9 Mar 2001
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AMD, Intel fight wars using memory chips

Yes, we know that AMD will use Rambus memory "if the market demands it" and we know that Intel will use DDR (double date rate) memory if "the market demands it". But, behind the scenes, these two firms have little intention of getting out of their trenches and meeting in no-man's land for a little festive footer like the …
Mike Magee, 8 Mar 2001
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AMD site in big punchup with Asus

HWRoundup At AMD MB, there's a big cafuffle because Asus don't like what the boys and girls say about its kit, and don't want to play with this hardware site any more. Look at AMD MB's forum for the meat. --------------------cut here------------------- For those of interested in seeing how thermal grease affects this story, get over to …
Mike Magee, 8 Mar 2001
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AMD kicks Intel in price nuts

HWRoundup As predicted here last month, last year, last century, and indeed last millennium, the never ending story of price cuts on microprocessors drags on. AMD duly cut prices on its Durons and Athlons yesterday by as much as 20 per cent, and you can find details of said axings at AMD Zone and JC's. The world and the world's dog are …
Mike Magee, 7 Mar 2001
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AMD pushes 760MP into Q2

Corporate chip wannabe AMD has started priming its customers about the multiprocessing version of the 760 chipset which is now likely to arrive in machines towards the end of the second quarter. The long-awaited chipset, which will, initially, allow system integrators to build dual processing systems is already ready and tested …
Mike Magee, 7 Mar 2001
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Intel P4 spade a forking shovel

HWRoundup Call a spade a spade, we were always told at school, and don't use the word fork or you'll get in bovver. Good then to see that at Ace's Hardware, they're not afraid to call the Pentium 4 spade a forking shovel. There's an in depth look at branch prediction and misprediction in this piece and Johan De Gelas notes that the P4 has …
Mike Magee, 7 Mar 2001
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Internet firm slams UK govt over fags

The UK government is attempting to illegally put the frighteners on smokers buying their requisites over the Internet, a dot.com has alleged. Representatives at www.lowpricecigarettes.com claimed last week that HM Customs & Excise are seizing consignments of fags ordered from its Web site, in contravention of European rules on …
Mike Magee, 5 Mar 2001
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Zen Buddhism could swing Rambus case

Intel's push into the Pentium 4 depends on it, Micron's lucrative deal for DDR memory hinges on it, the Xbox depends on it, and the future of memory technology in the PC hangs on it too. And exactly what is it, in this case? The answer is the legal struggle between Rambus, Infineon, Hyundai and Micron over whether the first …
Mike Magee, 16 Jan 2001
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Can Intel pump up Tualatin volume?

Intel Australia's representatives are obviously a little less tight lipped than their European counterparts, judging from the fact that one of them let Insane Hardware take a snap of a sample of one of the .13 micron chips the other day. Our representatives here in Europe won't even comment about Intel codenames, never mind …
Mike Magee, 16 Jan 2001
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Compaq bankrolls Taiwan's PC biz

OEM business Compaq has brokered with a multitude of Taiwanese component suppliers will surpass $10 billion this year, according to a senior executive based on the island. And the components not only include monitors, but cover the whole gamut of parts for PCs, signalling a determination by Compaq to push into the mainland …
Mike Magee, 16 Jan 2001
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AMD's Deathstar Carries on Pulsing

Focus on Fabs Some time back, and after we'd visited AMD's Fab 30 plant in Dresden, we learnt that a few PC manufacturers and distributors were calling the wafer factory the Deathstar. This is because at the time they were so thoroughly fed up with Intel launching CuMine (Coppermine) technology that they couldn't source, that they wanted …
Mike Magee, 15 Jan 2001
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Sun-AMD alliance tweaks Intel's beard

Intel is Sun's enemy, and therefore AMD is Sun's friend. Can life be that simple? In the computer industry, we're very much afraid the answer is 'yes'. Compaq is Dell's enemy, and Intel is Dell's friend, so the Big Q has always been prepared to give AMD microprocessors a try. 3Com is Intel's enemy because of the network …
Mike Magee, 15 Jan 2001
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AMD slips mobile Durons out

The first notebooks using AMD mobile Duron microprocessors were released today: an NEC range, one of which uses a 700MHz chip. These products are somewhat delayed. Last July we saw an AMD roadmap which suggested the firm had targeted Q4 for an entire range of products (see AMD confirms Corvette plans). And AMD said that it is …
Mike Magee, 15 Jan 2001
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Delphi dumps W2k, downgrades to NT4

Users of Delphi's free forums, plagued by downtimes, strange error messages and the like, have Microsoft Windows 2000 to blame for their problems, the firm has said. Striving to contain the rising ire of thousands of "communities" who have found themselves with nowhere to speak for quite some time, system administrators at the …
Mike Magee, 14 Jan 2001

Intel's Itanic epic to run and run

"Besides being invisible, your Highness, this cloth will be woven in colors and patterns created especially for you." The emperor gave the two men a bag of gold coins in exchange for their promise to begin working on the fabric immediately. Emperor's New Clothes -- Hans Christian Andersen There have been pilot systems of the …
Mike Magee, 13 Jan 2001
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The Intel history of its Shopping Mystery

Staff at outlets such as PC World, Tiny and Gateway can stop trembling in their shoes because it appears Intel may well pull the plug on its Mystery Shopping programme. But an insider at Intel has spilled the beans about how the programme, which has run for quite a while, actually works. In the UK, for example, the chip giant …
Mike Magee, 13 Jan 2001
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Intel's involvement in the Xbox

Micron is cock-a-hoop about the contract it has blagged from Microsoft to stick its double data rate memory into the Xbox, but Intel is even happier because it is designing and will help build the beast. (Flextronics, a Singapore firm, is doing much of the actual bodywork, if you see what we mean.) You can see just how happy …
Mike Magee, 12 Jan 2001

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