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Kingston to boost output of RDRAM modules for Pentium 4
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2/27/2001   Post a comment
Kingston Technology Co., Fountain Valley, Calif. today said that it will spend $15 million to increase RDRAM RIMM module capacity to support the continuous ramp of Intel Pentium 4 processor based systems.
Barrett says Intel expects 10% hike in MPU sales
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2/27/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Intel Corp. president Craig Barrett told the Intel Developers Forum Tuesday that despite the current PC industry downturn his firm "is operating under internal guidance" that its microprocessor and chipset sales will increase about 10 percent this year.
AMD constructs $45 million test, design center for MPUs in Singapore
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2/27/2001   Post a comment
SINGAPORE--In a move to expand its Asian resources for microprocessor products, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today (Feb. 27) broke ground for a new $45 million semiconductor testing and chip design facility in Singapore. The seven-story testing facility and design center will be operational in the second half of 2002, said the Sunnyvale, Calif., company.
Intel lobbies for 400MHz DDR SDRAM
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is quietly pushing the DRAM industry to develop a 400MHz double-data-rate SDRAM to succeed today's memory devices in PCs and server applications, according to industry sources familiar with the company's initiative. Sources said Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., is calling on the industry to develop the higher-speed chips, which would be approximately 66% faster than emerging PC266 DDR SDRAM, to match memory clock speeds to the company's 400MHz IA-32 quad-pumped processor bus. Intel is hop
Micron shows DDR chip set for entry servers developed under pact with Intel
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today (Feb. 26) formally rolled out a prototype of a new chip set for double data rate (DDR) memory and Pentium III processors from Intel Corp. in entry-level servers.
Intel hedges bets in processor market with new Pentium chips, sources say
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2/23/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In an apparent move to hedge its bets in the microprocessor market, Intel Corp. will shortly announce new versions of its Pentium III and 4 chips, according to sources. Intel is reportedly expected to expand its Pentium 4 processor line by shortly announcing a 1.7-GHz version of the chip, according to sources. At present, Intel's fastest Pentium 4 processor runs at 1.5-GHz.
UPDATED: Intel to use Itanium name with all 64-bit MPUs
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2/23/2001   Post a comment
Intel's upcoming 64-bit server microprocessor, code-named McKinley, will be introduced late this year with some version of the Itanium name.
Smartcards gear up for 100MHz clock rates
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2/23/2001   Post a comment
Future processors' smartcards will have to have performance of at least 100MHz as the functions of the core are spread around the chip for security reasons, according to the chief architect of SmartMIPS core.
Transmeta's Crusoe chip designed into server
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2/20/2001   Post a comment
In its first server design win, Transmeta Corp.'s low-power Crusoe processor has been implemented in Rebel.com's NetWinder server family.
Via looks to conquer new worlds
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2/20/2001   Post a comment
In an exclusive interview, Wen-chi Chen, 45, Via's president and chief executive, talked to EBN's editor at large Jack Robertson and EBN freelance editor Faith Hung in Taipei about the future of the company, including Via's planned Pentium 4 chipset, which is expected to hit the market later this year.
Via to begin shipping MPUs into China
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2/20/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Via Technologies Inc. will soon ship processors to some of China's top OEMs, opening the way for the company to enter the largest PC market in Asia.
Intel licenses Pentium 4 chip set rights to Acer Laboratories
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2/16/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi) today (Feb. 16) announced it has licensed chip set technology for Pentium 4 processors from Intel Corp.
Compaq pushes 64-bit Alpha processor to 833 MHz
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2/13/2001   Post a comment
HOUSTON, Tex. -- Compaq Computer Corp. here today (Feb. 13) claimed to be shipping the industry's most powerful microprocessor--an 833-MHz, 64-bit Alpha RISC chip.
ATI supports AMD's HyperTransport chip-interconnect technology
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2/13/2001   Post a comment
MARKHAM, Ontario -- ATI Technologies Inc. here today (Feb. 13) tossed its support behind the HyperTransport interconnect technology from Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which is promoting the point-to-point link as way to break bus bottlenecks inside personal computers and other systems.
Microsoft opens up to embedded
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2/13/2001   Post a comment
The potential riches of the Internet appliance market are prompting players from all sectors of the industry to be more liberal with closely guarded architectural plans in the interest of gaining market share.
Intel speeds up launch of Brookdale
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2/9/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- Intel Corp. will accelerate the debut of its double-data-rate SDRAM-enabled chipset for the Pentium 4 microprocessor, pulling in the launch date from the first quarter of 2002 to October of this year, said sources with knowledge of the company's plans.
HP taps new foundry for PA-RISC processors
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2/8/2001   Post a comment
To pump more life into its PA-RISC processor family, Hewlett-Packard Co. has apparently switched from Intel Corp. to another foundry partner — most likely IBM Microelectronics — that is capable of making high-speed processors using silicon-on-insulator (SOI) and copper interconnects. The process will first be used to manufacture HP's 0.18-micron-based PA-8700 processor, set to debut this year.
Motorola-AMD copper partnership picks Applied's low-k for 0.13-micron processors
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2/7/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Applied Materials Inc. announced its second major endorsement in low-k dielectric technology with Motorola Inc. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. selecting the company's Black Diamond process and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) tools for copper interconnects on 0.13-micron microprocessors.
Transmeta signs TSMC as second source to IBM
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2/7/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO --IBM Corp., which late last year reversed a decision to use Transmeta Corp.'s Crusoe microprocessor in a notebook computer, will no longer be the exclusive foundry supplier to Transmeta.
Transmeta readies 0.13-micron processor with 1-GHz potential
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2/6/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Transmeta Corp. here today announced that it is readying a new line of x86-based microprocessors, including a low-power, 0.13-micron MPU that is geared to break the 1-GHz barrier.
Intel technologist cites power as biggest issue
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2/5/2001   Post a comment
Moore's Law brings more than increases in the number of transistors per chip; it also brings dramatic increases in power consumption and power density. If current trends continue, you would have a device with 425 million transistors in 2005 and a processor with 1.8 billion transistors by 2010, said Pat Gelsinger, Intel's vice president and chief technology officer.
Processor makers escalate the war on watts
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2/5/2001   Post a comment
In the long war of trade-offs between power consumption and performance, performance has won the bulk of the battles.
SIA says chip growth in 2001 unlikely to meet its forecast
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2/5/2001   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said that its forecast of 22% growth for 2001 is unlikely to be met because of the current slowdown in chip demand.
Intel pulls McKinley paper from ISSCC
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2/2/2001   Post a comment
Attendees of next week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference expecting to get a look under the hood of Intel's next-generation IA-64 processor may be disappointed to learn that Intel has withdrawn the paper from the conference.


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