Several readers noted that we had spelled "Tualatin" incorrectly (i.e., "Tualitin"). Having lived in Oregon and Washington for many years, I must personally confess to having egg on my face. As many of you may know, Tualatin is a river in Oregon, which shares the same headwaters region with the Willamette River. More of you have probably heard of Tualatin as an Intel code name.
One of the worst-kept secrets in the tech world will be unveiled Monday, when Intel launches its
new Pentium III-M mobile processors.
Intel will host an event on Monday introducing five new Pentium III-M chips, ZDNet News has
learned. Many of the major PC manufacturers also are expected to be on hand to announce support
for the new chips in updated notebook PCs.
Intel said this week it is going to make some aggressive price cuts to help drive sales of its desktop Pentium 4 processor. No kidding. Pricing data leaked to Web site Xbit Labs suggests Intel wants to push P4 prices right down to below current Pentium III levels to a smidgeon above Celeron prices with cuts of up to 55 per cent.
Intel is betting that consumers want handheld computers stuffed with 500MB of memory. On Wednesday, the chipmaker described the search for what it calls the "Holy Grail" of mobile memory, with a new technology that will pack hundreds of megabytes of storage into mobile devices at a low cost. A typical handheld, for example, now has 2MB to 64MB of flash memory.
Intel has stopped shipping its top-end server chip because of a bug that could cause servers to crash. Intel began shipping the chip, the Pentium III Xeon with 2MB of high-speed "cache" memory, in March. But about a month later, a company that sells computers using the chip notified Intel that it found a problem while testing the chip, Intel spokesman Bill Kircos said Tuesday.
Intel was able to reproduce the problem but unable to patch existing systems, Kircos said. Accordingly, the company stopped shipping the chip in mid-April.