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Timna launch delayed by three months

Intel is promising Australian OEM channels some CPU supply relief on increasingly hard-to-source PIII and Celeron chips as a result of the launch postponement for the Timna chip sets, now put back from Q4 this calendar year until Q1 2001.

An Intel spokesperson confirmed the Timna setback will allow additional manufacturing capacity for the Celerons and PIIIs, which are extremely popular with local whitebox PC manufacturers.

"As a result, there will be more PIIIs and Celerons available to the channel," the spokesperson said.

The delay is due to a faulty memory translator hub (MTH).

"There is a brand new MTH that has to be developed for Timna and that is going to take some time," the spokesperson said. "Therefore, the manufacturing capacity slated for Timna processors is now going to be devoted to more PIIIs and Celerons."IBM signs manufacturing deal with CompaqCompaq has announced it will use IBM copper-wire technology in its Alpha microprocessors and has signed an agreement with them to manufacture the microprocessors using its silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology. Production is expected to begin next year.

The agreement is designed to help Compaq meet the demands on its e-business, high performance and telecommunication customers, according to the company.

IBM will initially manufacture 0.18-micron processors, which allows for two to three times more circuits to be fitted on the chip. The agreement also includes chip packaging and testing services.

Compaq is planning on using the microprocessors in its Himalaya servers, running at up to 1.2GHz. It is also working on developing a follow-on generation SOI Alpha chip with circuit features of 0.13 and 0.10 microns.

Driving CDRWs

Philips will bundle Adaptec's Easy CD Creator 4.0 and DirectCD software with its 400 and 800 series of rewritable CD (CDRW) drives.

The Creator 4.0 software allows users to create data or audio CDs, record downloaded Internet music such as MP3 files, and make CD labels and covers.

Users can also upgrade the software to include utilities for converting tapes and LPs to CDs, improving sound quality, system backup and creating photo and HTML albums.

Adaptec's DirectCD can help stop data transfer interruptions and lets users randomly erase separate files instead of the entire CD.

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