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Daily News Round #5

| Posted: Dec 4, 2003 12:11 pm

- New Celeron Chip @ 800MHz FSB

According to news.com, Intel has started shipping "ultra low voltage" 800MHz FSB Celerons to Tablet PC manufacturers. These new Celeron chips are based on Pentium M technology. Manufacturers should have an easy time implementing these new chips because they will be compatible with the existing Pentium M platform.

 

It makes sense for Intel to release the 800MHz ultra low voltage Celeron chip now because it can replace the Pentium III-M chip and, at the same time, complement the Pentium M by working with the same supporting chips. It also shares the Pentium M's 400MHz bus, or data pipeline. That means PC makers don't have to equip their less-expensive tablet models with their own specific hardware or try to wedge in mobile Celerons based on the Pentium 4, which typically use more power and produce more heat than the Pentium M.

 


- Will all Athlon64s be dual channel soon?

 

The Inquirer.net reports that all AMD Athlon 64 chips will soon support a dual channel memory configuration. The article in question is rather confusing, but if true, will be good news to many. Personally, I remain skeptical...

 

This still leaves a puzzle about the difference between single channel Athlon64s and the dual channel FXs. That's easy because all will be dual channel chips in about two months. All A64s will soon have dual memory channels, so you won't have to worry about buying a single channel CPU with a dual channel mobo, or the other way around.

 

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