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Samsung develops new chip

Samsung's new 288MB Rambus DRAM chip, which the company said it produced using 0.17 micron technology, can hold twice as much data as the previous largest capacity Rambus DRAM chip. The data processing speed at each pin has also been improved to 800Mbps, said Samsung of the new devices.

The Rambus system is supported by Intel, which launched a chip set supporting the system last November at Fall Comdex using 16 of the chips.

Intel launches 533MHz Celeron

Intel's new processor, which has an integrated 128K L2 cache, is aimed at consumers who want a fast but inexpensive PC, according to an Intel spokesperson, who added that the new 533MHz chip is just the beginning. Later this year the company will transition the Celeron chip from its current 0.25-micron size to a 0.18-micron size (the same as the Pentium III).

In addition to faster, low-price desktop computers, improved Celeron mobile processors for notebooks are also on Intel's agenda.

The company expects to increase its top mobile Celeron processor from 466 to 500MHz sometime in the first half of 2000, the company said.

Intel was also set to announce on January 18 a new mobile PIII feat-uring SpeedStep, which allows the processor to run at 600MHz.

Chip market growth back to double digitsThe worldwide chip market experienced double-digit growth in 1999, for the first time in four years, acc-ording to a report from research company Dataquest released this month.

Global semiconductor revenue reached $US160 billion last year, a 17.6 per cent increase over figures for 1998.

Intel dominated the worldwide chip market last year, with $US25.8 billion in revenue, up 13.3 per cent from the previous year.

With 16.1 per cent market share, Intel was also the only chip company to experience double-digit market share, more than the next three companies combined, Dataquest said in a statement.

NEC followed Intel, reporting $US9.2 billion in revenue in 1999, up 12 per cent from the previous year's figures.

In third position, up from a fourth place ranking in 1998, was Toshiba, followed by Texas Instruments and Samsung, who tied for fourth position. http://www.dataquest.com


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