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Next-generation Intel chip springs into action

Springdale processor debuts in new PCs

Several PC vendors today released systems based on the latest technology from Intel including new processors and a new chipset.

Industry heavyweights IBM, Gateway, Dell and Acer were among the vendors introducing PCs with the new technologies. Most of the PCs will use Intel's Springdale chipset, known as the 865G. The new chipset supports Pentium 4 processors with an 800MHz front-side bus and systems with DDR400 (double data rate) memory.

As part of today's announcement, Intel is also bringing its hyperthreading technology to slower processors in its Pentium 4 product line. Until now, hyperthreading has only been available on the 3.06GHz and 3GHz P4 CPUs as well as Intel's Xeon server chip.

IBM's ThinkCentre S50 and M50 are designed for corporate customers considering enterprise-wide PC replacements or new deployments, says Dilip Bhatia, worldwide segment marketing manager for IBM.

IBM will also release the A50p, a desktop designed for smaller businesses interested in media applications, Bhatia says. A base configuration with a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 chip, 128MB of RAM, 40GB hard drive and a CD-ROM drive costs $699. IBM will release a similar model later this year called the A30 at a lower starting price of $469, Bhatia adds.

Gateway included the new Intel Springdale chipset in an update to its Gateway 500S consumer PC. The company plans to bring the new chipset to its business desktops in early June. Consumers can purchase the 500S now for $999 (around £600) with a hyperthreading-enabled 2.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, 256MB of DDR SDRAM, 80GB hard drive, DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive and 17in monitor.

Dell meanwhile has updated several desktops with Intel's new technology. The Dimension 4600C, which has a starting price of $1,129 (around £680), is bundled with a 2.8GHz Pentium 4 processor, 512MB of DDR SDRAM, 60GB hard drive, DVD-ROM drive and 17in CRT monitor.

Acer America has also released a new PC within its Veriton series based on the Intel 865G chipset. For $949 (around £580), the 7600G houses a 2.6GHz Pentium 4 chip with an 800MHz front-side bus, 512MB of DDR400 SDRAM, 40GB hard drive and a CD-ROM drive

Please note that UK specifications may vary.


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