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U.S.-based Cradle hopes India's software will reshape MPU business
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
DELHI, India--Silicon Valley startup Cradle Technologies Inc. today (March 30) launched a software initiative in India to build development support for its Universal Micro System (UMS) platform and plant the seeds for a new crop of "chipless chip" companies that could redefine the microprocessor business.
Transmeta-Microsoft alliance tackles uncertain terrain
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp.'s debut this week of a Tablet PC powered by Transmeta Corp.'s Crusoe processor represents a high-stakes play for both companies in a U.S. market plagued by numerous duds.
PLDs, DRAMs, and standard cell chips get clobbered in downturn, says report
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
Market researcher IC Insights Inc. here said an analysis of chip sales in January vs. October shows DRAMs, MOS standard cell designs, and programmable logic getting hit the hardest out of nine IC product categories.
Transmeta works with Microsoft on Tablet PC design
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp. here today (March 26) said it is working with Microsoft Corp. to incorporate its low-power Crusoe microprocessor into next-generation Tablet PCs.
Pentium 4 cost forces Intel to stick with $7.5 billion cap spending plan
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The pressure on Intel Corp. to cut Pentium 4 manufacturing costs is causing the company to hold fast to this year's massive $7.5 billion capital spending plan, according to analysts.
Pentium 4 costs forces Intel to keep spending
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
The pressure on Intel Corp. to cut Pentium 4 manufacturing costs is causing the company to hold fast to this year's massive $7.5 billion capital spending plan, according to analysts.
AMD unveils 1.3-GHz Athlon processors
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3/22/2001   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices as expected on Thursday introduced its new highest speed 1.3-GHz and 1.33-GHZ Athlon processors with DDR memory at the Cebit computer show in Hannover, Germany.
Via readies second volley in CPU battle
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3/21/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hoping to strike deeper into the CPU market, Via Technologies will officially unveil its second generation microprocessor at two upcoming conferences later this month, including CeBit in Hannover, Germany and WinHEC in Anaheim, Calif. And based on tests claiming that it performs equitably against Intel's Celeron on commonly used 2D applications, the company believes it can win 5-to-7% market share this year.
Intel unveils final Pentium III Xeon processor
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3/21/2001   Post a comment
Intel Corp. Wednesday as expected introduced its last Pentium III Xeon processor, a 900-MHz chip for four-to-eight way servers. Next quarter the next geneation IA-32 Xeon family (code-named Foster) will debut with speeds initially at 1.4-GHz.
Intel ships new, 900-MHz Xeon microprocessor for servers
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3/21/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. here today (March 21) announced it has begun shipping a new Xeon processor line for high-end servers. More than a dozen server OEMs have endorsed the new Xeon chip, which is based on a 900-MHz Pentium III processor core, advanced Level 2 cache, and other features.
Notebook PC Industry Backs Intel's 1-GHz mobile chip
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3/19/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. officially launched its 1-GHz mobile Pentium III on Monday, but it seems almost everyone already has one. According to Intel, the chip has been designed into approximately 16 notebooks from 12 manufacturers, some available today. Hewlett-Packard Co. even began selling its Pavilion N6395 in retail stores such as Best Buy on Sunday, March 18.
Intel's 1-GHz mobile chip to launch Monday
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3/18/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. will announce its 1-GHz mobile Pentium III on Monday, sources said, almost certainly beating rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to the punch. Intel and AMD have dueled before, both preannouncing 1-GHz desktop chips last year. But this time is different: Intel's customers -- OEMs such as Dell Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., and IBM -- have finished notebooks waiting to ship.
Intel's 1-GHz mobile chip to launch Monday
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3/17/2001   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will announce its 1-GHz mobile Pentium III on Monday, sources said, almost certainly beating rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to the punch.
SiS claims to ship chipset for Intel's Tualatin
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3/13/2001   Post a comment
Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) of Taiwan Tuesday claimed it shipping production quantities of a single data rate SDRAM chipset and also a double data rate (DDR) chipset for Intel Corp.'s upcoming Tualatin 1.13-gigahertz Pentium III processor.
IBM, Hitachi to develop new PowerPC processors under server alliance
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3/13/2001   Post a comment
ARMONK, N.Y. -- IBM Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. today (March 13) announced a development and manufacturing pact for a range of components and semiconductors used to make servers. The two companies said the development will include future versions of IBM's PowerPC processors.
National says new 333-MHz Geode GX1 is 'easy' on the eyes
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3/12/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- An enhancement to the Geode GX1 processor from National Semiconductor Corp. will speed up synchronous DRAM performance in systems by 10% and provide users of thin-client devices with improved graphics, said the Santa Clara chip maker.
Sony, IBM, Toshiba team up on 0.10-micron processor
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3/12/2001   Post a comment
Sony Corp, IBM Corp., and Toshiba Corp. today formed a $400 million joint venture to develop a 0.10-micron feature-size chip. One of the first markets for the chip will be the next- generation Sony PlayStation III game console.
AMD's Athlon lands slot in IBM's server line
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3/12/2001   Post a comment
Putting another dent in Intel's armor, IBM Corp. will shortly introduce a line of front-end network servers using dual Athlon processors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., making it the latest OEM to break ranks and put AMD MPUs in its corporate systems.
Intel's MPU inventory builds up while it plans new capacity
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3/9/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp.'s internal inventory of microprocessors is reaching the upper end of its acceptable range despite the fact that customers have managed to reduce their stockpile of MPUs in most locations, according to company executives. The internal inventory buildup underscores just how bad the computer business is being hit by weakening economic conditions around the world.
SiS wins Pentium 4 license from Intel
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3/8/2001   Post a comment
In a push to fuel support for its Pentium 4 microprocessors, Intel Corp. has licensed the device's core-logic chipset technology to Silicon Integrated Systems Inc.
Ruiz cagy about AMD's 1.3-GHz Athlon
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3/6/2001   Post a comment
The microprocessor market waited eagerly for AMD Tuesday to kick off the next 1.3-GHz speed grade for its Athlon MPU -- but the MPU firm reportedly felt under no such pressure and continued to keep the higher speed chip in the wings.
PMC-Sierra licenses 32-bit MPU from MIPS
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3/6/2001   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies, Inc., Mountain View, Calif., today said it has licensed PMC-Sierra its leading 32-bit embedded processor technology for networking applications.
NEC business PC to feature AMD Athlon in Europe
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3/5/2001   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today broke the corporate PC barrier in Europe, as NEC Computers International unveiled a 1.2-GHz Athlon processor and DDR memory in its Direction SP line for the business and government markets.
Intel has spotty record enticing DRAM makers to build Rambus
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3/2/2001   Post a comment
Desperate to get enough Direct Rambus DRAMs into the market to support its new Pentium 4 processor, Intel Corp. this week announced it has put money into Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. for the second time to boost RDRAM output and ensure a steady supply of parts.
Intergraph claims victory over Intel in patent dispute
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3/2/2001   Post a comment
A federal court ruled Thursday that Intel Corp. is not licensed to use microprocessor technology owned by Intergraph Corp., technology that Intergraph says Intel uses in its Pentium products. Intel officials said the court ruling involved licensing issues, not the patents, which Intel claims are invalid.
Transmeta CEO steps down
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3/2/2001   Post a comment
Transmeta Corp.'s chief executive and co-founder David R. Ditzel has relinquished his current role and will serve as vice chairman and chief technology officer for the company. Mark K. Allen, the company's president and chief operating officer, has been named as Transmeta's chief executive.
Intel ready to speed up P4 production
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3/2/2001   Post a comment
After a long gestation hampered by chipset problems, Intel has said that shipments of its Pentium 4 processor are expected to increase more quickly than any other processor as a proportion of the output of its fabs, helped by a switch to more widely available memories.


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