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Intel and AMD have insisted that their 1GHz (1,000MHz) chips will not come out until the second half of this year. But a recent announcement from Hewlett-Packard, that it will start shipping a Pentium III consumer PC running at 1GHz later this month, changes all that.
Intel and AMD have been leapfrogging each other since last August, producing faster processors at an increased pace. It seems that the pace has just increased again!
The increased competition has meant a shortage of supply, however. Intel's top-of-the-line processors are especially hard to come by. AMD has some supply problems as well, though not as severe as Intel.
According to an Intel spokesman, volume shipments of 1GHz chips are not likely before the third quarter.
It was also announced last week that Intel cut prices on Xeon, Pentium III and Celeron chips by 10 to 29 percent. These price cuts were followed by similar price cuts by AMD, which are likely to lead to discounts across the computer industry.
Y2K passes last hurdle
We all know that the Y2K bug was a much-hyped non-event. But some people were still trying to warn us that leap year might be a last "chance", that computers would fail to recognize the year 2000.
Well, February 29 passed, and, once again, nothing serious happened.
Europe and the USA were completely trouble-free, although there were some reports of minor issues in Japan, Singapore and New Zealand, affecting bank transactions and cash machines.
So, all in all, it looks like we can finally lay this one to rest! Good riddance!