Via launches C3
Chip company Via Technologies has released its C3 866MHz processor, a chip designed to consume less power and produce less heat without compromising on performance. According to Via, the C3 is the first processor to be manufactured using 0.13 and 0.15 manufacturing processes. The chip also boasts the world's smallest x86 processor die size. Via claims the chip is ideal for desktop value PCs, notebooks, high-density servers and digital PC appliances.
Rambus, Intel reassess
Rambus and Intel have signed a five-year cross-licensing agreement that allows Intel to use all patented Rambus technology and permits Rambus to use Intel technology for its high-speed memory interfaces. The previous agreement between the companies didn't expire; the two vendors decided to renegotiate it, said vice president of Rambus worldwide marketing, Avo Kanadjian. The details of the agreement are confidential.
"My guess is that Intel renegotiated its contract with Rambus to reduce the level of contractual obligation to use Rambus memory," said Dean McCarron, an analyst at Mercury Research. Until recently, Intel's Pentium 4 processor could only be used with Rambus' RDRAM (Rambus Dynamic RAM) memory technology. Last week, Intel launched its first chip set allowing the Pentium 4 to be used with competing SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic RAM) technology.
Printing in Paris
Fuji Xerox Phaser Printing (FXPP) has upped its channel marketing and communication program with the launch of an online rental program that allows resellers to apply for finance on behalf of their customers. The Web-based program provides immediate pricing details, enabling orders to be placed for Phaser printers using competitive finance rates. To kick off the FXPPA Rental Program and Finance, FXPP has announced a Web-based competition to win a trip for two to the Moulin Rouge in Paris. The competition closes on December 30.