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AMD and Intel to cut CPU prices

M-Systems announces new DiskOnKey Pro USB line

Gartner Dataquest is pessimistic about tablet PC sales in 2003

Photo of the day: Intel D845PEBT2 multimedia mobo on i845PE

2.00, 2.40, 2.66, 2.80 GHz Intel Xeon with 533 MHz FSB to be released soon?

AMD and Intel to cut CPU prices

British The Inquirer, referring to industrial sources, provided new prices for AMD and Intel processors for European resellers, that should come into play next week.


  • Duron 1.2 GHz, OEM — $39
  • Duron 1.3 GHz, OEM — $41
  • Athlon XP1700+, BOX — $61
  • Athlon XP1700+, OEM — $55
  • Athlon XP1800+, BOX — $78
  • Athlon XP1800+, OEM — $72
  • Athlon XP1900+, OEM — $80
  • Athlon XP2000+, BOX — $93
  • Athlon XP2000+, OEM — $88
  • Athlon XP2100+, OEM — $99
  • Athlon XP2200+, OEM — $161


  • Celeron 1.7 GHz, BOX — $61
  • Celeron 1.8 GHz, BOX — $77
  • Celeron 2.0 GHz, BOX — $93
  • P4 2.0 GHz, 400 MHz FSB, BOX — $178
  • P4 2.4 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, BOX — $214
  • P4 2.53 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, BOX — $267

I guess no one doubts that AMD launched the new program for migrating Athlons to mainstream sector to level them with Celerons and thus prepare for ClawHammer release.

Source: The Inquirer

M-Systems announces new DiskOnKey Pro USB line

M-Systems announced a new line of miniature USB storage devices — DiskOnKey Pro. Based on the previous DiskOnKey series, new trinkets are smaller and have more style. Initially they´ll have 16, 32, 64, 128 MB capacity and later – 256 and 512 MB.

DiskOnKey Pro devices have already passed Microsoft WHQL tests and got a certificate logo from USB-IF. The suggested price for 16, 32, 64, 128 MB DiskOnKey Pro is $34.99, $44.99, $69.99, $114.99, respectively.

Gartner Dataquest is pessimistic about tablet PC sales in 2003

According to the new forecast of Gartner Dataquest, despite numerous releases and large sums, spent for promotion, tablet PC sales won’t exceed 425,000 units in 2003, making about 1.2% of worldwide notebook sales.

Analysts believe that tablet PC releases represent a serious step of evolution mostly for software, as Microsoft Windows now has to support numerous data types, including audio, video, graphics, text, along with various input methods, including handwriting, voice, and onscreen keys. However, Gartner Dataquest forecasts that the lack of applications for such PCs, awkward design, and high prices will seriously slow tablet widespread, at last duing next 6 to 9 months.

Though tablet prospects seem to be better. Analysts believe that already by 2007 tablets (i.e. models, supporting sensor input and featuring detachable keyboard) will make about 35% of all mobile PCs shipped.

Source: The DigiTimes

Photo of the day: Intel D845PEBT2 multimedia mobo on i845PE

In our lab we currently test new Intel D845PEBT2 motherboard (on the photo).

It has ATX design, bases on i845PE chipset, and supports Socket 478 Intel Pentium 4 with 400/533 MHz FSB and Hyper-Threading, and Socket 478 Intel Celeron with 400 MHz FSB. It has two 184-pin DDR SDRAM sockets (up to 2GB DDR333/DDR266), AGP 4õ slot, 5 PCI slots, 6 USB 2.0 ports, 3 optional IEEE 1394a-2000 ports, SATA RAID (Sil 3112A), supporting RAID 0, 1.

Audio part is interesting: the board has 6-channel AD1980 codec, analog, dogital coaxial and optical outputs, supports SoundMAX Cadenza. The package includes a stereo mic and 3 programs for it: Net2Phone for calls over Internet, ViaVoice voice recognition, Enigma: Rising Tide game, supporting voice control.

2.00, 2.40, 2.66, 2.80 GHz Intel Xeon with 533 MHz FSB to be released soon?

Thanks to one of our readers, in a new document about changes in Intel Xeon logo, posted at Intel website, we found the release date of Xeon with 533 MHz FSB. According to the document they’ll be announced on November 15, 2002. Naturally, new chipsets for these processors — Granite Bay (Intel E7205), and Placer (Intel E7505) might be officially announced as well that day.

The same doc contains brief specs of new Xeons with 533 MHz FSB:

And describes new Intel Xeon logo, to be used from November 15: raster will be replaced by text with specific font size. It will be used on new Intel Xeons with 533 MHz FSB and will look like (top one):

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