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WinInfo Daily UPDATE, February 22, 2005

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In the News

- Intel Ships 64-Bit Pentium 4 Processors
- EU Judge in Microsoft Case: No Settlement

==== In the News ====

by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Intel Ships 64-Bit Pentium 4 Processors

Microprocessor giant Intel finally introduced its line of x64-compatible Pentium 4 chips yesterday, ushering in an era of mainstream 64-bit computing. The Pentium 4 6xx series chips run at 3.2GHz to 3.6GHz, feature a large 2MB L2 cache, and offer compatibility with the x64 platform that AMD first pioneered. All that's missing now is an x64-based OS, and Microsoft is set to release Windows XP Professional x64 Edition within the next several weeks. (My preview of XP Pro x64 Edition will be available later today on the SuperSite for Windows; see the URL below.)
"Intel continues to offer new platform features based on what people are actually doing with their PCs, such as using rich media, communicating with friends or family, and being productive in the office," Rob Crooke, Intel's general manager of Desktop Marketing and Strategic Planning, said. "As software for the digital home and office matures and becomes more demanding, desktops \[compatible with x64\] are well-timed to take advantage of emerging new usage models."
In addition to the new Pentium 4 models, Intel also began shipping a new x64-compatible Pentium 4 Processor Extreme Edition that runs at 3.73GHz. The company plans to convert its entire x86 line of desktop microprocessors, including microprocessors based on the Celeron processor, to x64-compatible technology by the end of 2005. And in second quarter 2005, Intel will begin shipping dual-core Pentium 4 chips that provide the processing muscle of two microprocessors. Rival AMD says that it, too, will ship dual-core chips in 2005.
In related news, Intel's recently released Centrino upgrade, code-named Sonoma, is in short supply. According to the company, PC makers are adopting the new Centrino chipset, which is designed for mobile computers, more quickly than expected.

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EU Judge in Microsoft Case: No Settlement

European Union (EU) Judge Hubert Legal (insert humorous comment here), who is overseeing Microsoft's appeal of the EU antitrust decision, revealed this week that there's little chance that the two sides will settle. His comments come just 2 weeks after European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced that she will take a "hard line" against Microsoft. Company officials have repeatedly expressed their hope that the two sides could reach an agreement and avoid a lengthy legal battle.
"There is no reason ... for a settlement," an EU spokesperson said recently, citing a December 2004 EU verdict that denied Microsoft's request that the EU's antitrust sanctions be suspended during its appeal. "It's now for the courts to decide," Kroes added.
With no settlement in sight, Microsoft's EU case, like the US antitrust case before it, appears to be headed to trial. The first hearings are tentatively set for late 2005, although Microsoft or EU officials could attempt to begin the hearings earlier by petitioning the court to bump the schedule into a fast-track format that's designed for special cases. Either way, the EU court will first need to decide which companies and organizations can submit written arguments and speak during the hearings. Judge Legal said this week that about 10 companies have made requests to be included, but he refused to name them.

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